Arsenal legend Ian Wright has labelled Diego Costa’s behaviour and refusal to return to training as ‘disgraceful’.
Costa, 28, who indicated that Chelsea’s manager Antonio Conte had texted him in June that he is not part of his plans for the season is currently in his native country Brazil and wants to push for a move to his former club Atletico Madrid.
Atletico Madrid on the other side is on a transfer ban till the winter window and Costa can only join them in January.
Costa who also revealed last Sunday that he has been treated like a “criminal” by Chelsea and Antonio Conte laments that he he has been told to return and train with the reserves.
Costa was quick to add: “I have not deleted the message. If people accuse me of lying, I can show them. It was clear, saying that he didn’t count on me and wishing me the best for the future. Full stop.”
Ian Wright speaking on BBC Radio 5 live said; “I don’t understand how players can get away with that behaviour”. “It’s disgraceful the way he is behaving”.
“Surely he’s got to come back here, so if the manager changes his mind he’s there. He’s earning a fortune at Chelsea”.
Can Atletico Madrid even afford him?”, he quizzed.
Diego Costa who was a subject of an offer from China in January told the Daily Mail on Monday; “Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?”
“In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it. I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen”.
“His ideas are very fixed and clear. I have seen the sort of person he is. He has his own opinion and that will not change”.
But Ian Wright who said he is not understanding why Chelsea will want to part ways with someone who helped them clinch the PL title added; “Something has happened”.
“For them to want to get rid of that kind of player, I can’t understand how that’s come about. I can’t understand why you would get rid of definitely 20 goals? It doesn’t make sense to me”, he indicated.
Costa has indicated that he “love to live in Madrid” adding that is only Atletico Madrid he wants to join but Wright asked; “Why does it seem he is holding all the cards? He genuinely wants to go, but only wants to go to Atletico Madrid”.
“If Chelsea want to get rid of him and get bids for a player they don’t want, they’re not going to take them?, he continued to ask.
“I would like to see the text. Show us the text. Then I don’t blame him, because I would have the hump over that”, he lamented.
Andy Townsend, PL pundit also added his voice to the issue saying; “Conte telling Costa he is not wanted at the club is like Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham telling their star forwards not to return”.
He added; “Something else is going on”. “There’s no logic from Chelsea’s point of view to get rid of him”.
“You don’t send him a text and say ‘off you pop, we don’t want you to come back’. They don’t do that. They don’t just turn round with one of their main components and say ‘go and find a new club’, he continued.
“It’s like Jose Mourinho saying to Zlatan Ibrahimovic before he was injured, Arsene Wenger saying to Alexis Sanchez, Tottenham saying to Harry Kane ‘don’t come back’. It’s the hardest thing to do, score goals, and you cannot afford to be that flippant with players like that”.