Chelsea stars back Diego Costa in clash with Antonio Conte

Thanks to a very revealing Daily Mail interview with Diego Costa, we all know exactly what went on between Antonio Conte and the Spain worldwide, and how Chelsea have dealt with the situation since.

"It is a very hard set of circumstances, not just as straightforward as being able to say, 'thanks very much, we will sell him and go and have those.' You can not do it that easy". The standoff between Costa and Conte began when the manager informed the striker that he is not part of his plans via a text message. He is prepared to see out the rest of his Chelsea contract in Brazil, unpaid, and asked whether he was in the process of taking legal action Costa would not rule it out: "At the moment, no".

Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in July 2014 and has twice won the Premier League title during his three years at Stamford Bridge.

"What should be happening is that he should be back at Chelsea training", Wright said on Sky Sports.

But the London based club has issued him with a four ultimatum he must meet if he wants the Blues to sell him to Atletico Madrid this summer.

Fresh reports indicate, though, that the club are open to welcoming him back into the side, but due to the fractured relationship with Conte, it is unlikely that he would be selected.

"I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month", he added. "Not because I do not think he is a good player, I think he is a brilliant player, but I think they need one at the back and also a No 9. If I was Ronald Koeman or Jürgen Klopp I'd be on the phone to Chelsea trying to get that done". They really love me for the person I am.

"I wouldn't be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the guys. I mean, we don't know what went on behind the scenes, but it looked like he may have thrown his toys out the pram and that Conte hasn't forgotten or forgiven him for that". I'm not a criminal!

The ensuing stand-off led to Chelsea's most prized forward watching his club's opening defeat by Burnley on his parent's TV in the Brazilian city of Lagarto.

"Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?"

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