Diego Costa blasts Antonio Conte, Chelsea: 'I'm not a criminal!'

Wenger has sympathy for Conte but not Chelsea when it comes to the size of their squad

They want to sell me to China or other teams.

While Costa is in Brazil, refusing to return to training with the reserves, Morata bagged a goal on his Premier League debut. Costa scores his 59th goal for the Blues on his 120th appearance.

"You know that the manager doesn't want me". He has done a good job [at Chelsea] and I can see that, but as a person, no.

"I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free", the player told the Daily Mail. "If I was in the wrong, I'd go back now and do as they say".

Costa's future remains unresolved for the time being, but it's ironic the one place it now seems destined not to unfold is back under Conte at Stamford Bridge. He is very distant. "I have no intention of leaving, I'm very happy here, I have two years on my contract, but if the club want to sell me there is one club I would go to", Costa says.

Costa was critical of Conte, saying the former Juventus and Italy boss "doesn't possess charisma" and expressing anger over the Italian's communication.

Chelsea are reportedly concerned that Costa's deteriorating fitness levels could put off potential suitors, after he was informed by Conte that he is no longer in the club's plans.


He said: 'I want the deal with Atletico resolved this month.

"They gave me an week extra off but since then it's fines all the way". I never had any problems with Jose, we have a strong relationship. 'He had a great season in Madrid and actually with the way this insane transfer market is, I think they got a good price for a young and talented forward'.

The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain striker joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in July 2014 and has twice won the Premier League title during his three years at Stamford Bridge. "I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go", Costa added. "Everyone was very sad when things didn't work out in the end for him at Chelsea". "If they didn't, they wouldn't be saying they miss me and love me". They really love me for the person I am. Weeks later the striker remains in Lagarto, though the club declined to comment on disciplinary action when contacted by ESPN FC.

"That was a punishment for the attitude I had shown and for not behaving in the best way", he added.

The 28-year-old is now in his native Brazil, having seemingly refused to return to the United Kingdom for training following Conte's decision to drop him from the first-team picture. But it isn't in Chelsea's interest to allow this saga to drag on beyond August.

Costa holds much of the leverage in this dispute, but he also has a powerful incentive to find a solution quickly.

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