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Costa reveals root of conflict with Conte, banishment from Chelsea

Costa reveals root of conflict with Conte, banishment from Chelsea

Costa has been superb for the west London outfit, since joining the Blues from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014, scoring 52 goals in 89 Premier League outings for his club.

Costa, who has been in his homeland of Brazil all summer, has reportedly been fined two weeks wages for not showing up for pre-season training last month.

Costa now says Conte sent him a text message informing him he was no longer wanted at the club and added that he thinks Chelsea are blocking his favoured move back to Atletico.

The club have ordered Costa to return and train with the reserve team but the player has refused to do so, saying that it represents a lack of respect towards him.

Costa is now in his native Brazil and has threatened to remain there rather than return to London, and then leave on a free transfer.

"I don't know where somewhere along the line, that has gone out of the window with players".

"I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here".

'I played in Italy, with Roma, and I'm a defender, so for me the tactical side is very important, ' he tells Chelsea. The Telegraph also reported that Chelsea and Atletico have held talks regarding a potential Costa transfer, but in the meantime the Blues want their star striker contributing to their cause on the pitch.

Costa has been at odds with Conte since January, when he was dropped from Chelsea's starting XI following a dispute with a fitness coach and reports of a potential move to the Chinese Super League. "He would make such a difference for Atletico if the transfer does go through and he can start playing in January".

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer said: "The first thing he did [when he came on] was ask questions of the back four".

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright said that Costa's refusal to return to training with Chelsea is "disgraceful". "Together with Griezmann they could be one of the best strike partnerships in Europe".

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