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Antonio Conte and Chelsea have been grossly unfair to Diego Costa

Thursday 13th July 2017
Usually, a club chooses to stand with the manager regarding how he prefers to treat his players, inasmuch as the team gets the needed results. Chelsea football club is choosing to stand with Antonio Conte regarding his stance on Diego Costa, but in all fairness, Costa deserves much better from the Blues.

Where did Diego Costa go wrong with Conte?

After a horrible 2014-15 season with Chelsea, the one thing on Diego Costa's mind was a return to Atletico Madrid. The Spaniard confessed he did his best to engineer a move but to little fruition.

“I did all that I could to return but it didn't happen, when Atlético had to wait for me, they didn't wait. There was still a month to go [until the end of the transfer window] and they didn't have the patience.

“On Conte's first day, I told him that I wanted to join Atlético and he was upset with me and didn't even look at me. Luckily, I started to score goals.”

Perhaps at the very beginning of the 2016-17 campaign, Antonio Conte had made up his mind to, in one season, use and dump Costa.

There was another Conte-Costa hullabaloo in October of 2016 when Diego Costa angrily signalled to the Chelsea bench that he wanted to be substituted; Conte ignored the striker, but reports claimed he got some stern talking to from the boss.

Then came the widely rumoured Tianjin Quanjian offer for Costa. Numerous media outlets reported that the striker had feigned injury following a mega offer from the Chinese Super League side; the result was an irate Antonio Conte booming to Costa – “Go to China!” while dropping him for the trip to Leicester in January.

The culmination of the Conte-Costa war was the shocking revelation made by the Brazilian-born Spanish centre-forward just after the end of last season:

‘I'm going to be honest, the other day, Conte sent me a message saying I am not in his plans for Chelsea, so I'll have to find a way out.”

Conte's mind is pretty made up, there's no way he's working with Costa come next season and the Italian gaffer chose the coldest of ways to let him know.

Costa deserves better

For the three seasons, Diego Costa has been a Blue, he's finished as Chelsea's top scorer on all three occasions; even the 2015-16 season that saw Chelsea finish a woeful 10th in the Premier League, the former Atleti man still held the torch for the Premier League Champions.

Without Costa's goals, Chelsea, for sure, won't be celebrating their second Premier League title in three years.

His quick temper, antics and shenanigans aside, Costa has played his heart out for Chelsea; the 28-year-old has scored 58 goals in 120 appearances for Roman Abramovic's club. Even Didier Drogba didn't reach 50 Chelsea goals as quickly as Costa.

Diego Costa's Atleti quagmire

The problem for Costa is, we're entering a World Cup year and any footballer who hopes to make the national team squad must find a way to compete regularly at club level, boasting impressive performances in any of Europe's top five leagues.

Conte has stated clearly that he no longer wants Costa in his squad and Chelsea on their part has rigorously been searching for a new number 9. The best option for the striker is to find a new club. Atletico Madrid would've been his preferred destination but Costa says:

“It's complicated because I cannot go four or five months without playing. I have no preference for a league, I just want to play.”

Los Rojiblancos can still sign Diego Costa and then loan him to another team, pending when their transfer ban gets lifted in January. Whatever the case, Diego Costa has done enough to deserve better treatment from Antonio Conte and Chelsea.
Kingsley Ukpai

Kingsley is a football aficionado who craves to read, watch, play and write about the greatest team sport ever known to man. If you're talking football he'll be keen to listen to what you have to say. Loves to play Fantasy Football too.

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