Costa has claimed that Conte told him via text in June that he was no longer wanted, while the Stamford Bridge club say the 28-year-old was made aware of their plans in January.
But it is understood that Chelsea want Costa, as a player with two years remaining on his contract, to return to the club. He asked for that to happen. I am one of the few fortunates who do. He has his own opinion and that will not change. "Then I don't blame him, because I would have the hump over that". He is very distant. "He doesn't possess. charisma". "If I was Ronald Koeman or Jürgen Klopp I'd be on the phone to Chelsea trying to get that done". I didn't want to leave.
"I don't know where somewhere along the line, that has gone out of the window with players". They have also informed him that he will be fined two-weeks' wages every time he misses a game.
Costa is a popular figure in the dressing room and remains in regular contact with close friends Willian, David Luiz and Spain team-mates including Cesc Fabregas. We have banter over WhatsApp. He has done a good job and I can see that, but as a person, no. I have to think of myself.
"That was a punishment for the attitude I had shown and for not behaving in the best way", he added.
Dutch worldwide striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk's goals had been instrumental in Nottingham Forest returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking in the late 1990s but he went on strike at the beginning of the 1998/99 season because he was furious key players had been let go. I've spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. It is very clear. (Divock) Origi, it is still early days for him, but he is still a little bit short for me. The fans and people love me there. I'm not a criminal!
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Let's be sure we do very well every game and we're out of the bottom three positions and then see where we go". Benitez admitted his frustration at the lack of transfer activity so far this summer on Tyneside.
"I was told how Conte treated Mikel after his decision to represent Nigeria at the Rio 2016 Olympics".
"[Chelsea] want me to be there training with the reserves". I am not going to do that.
He justified his behaviour by declaring in his biography: "This world is about money (he was on a reported £40,000 a week), so when you are offered those millions you take them. The important thing is to be happy with how I live".
Diego Costa has again been ordered to return to Chelsea with the club adamant that Atletico Madrid will not land the AWOL striker for a knock-down fee.