He may have played a central role in Chelsea’s trophy success over the last three years, never-the-less Diego Costa’s off, and indeed sometimes on, the field conduct has been enough to induce aneurysms among his long-suffering teammates and background staff.
As if the training ground blows ups, his manager literally expressing that he has no future at the club via the medium of text, as well as his insistence on publically connecting himself with any club he ruddy well fancies, weren’t enough for his club to ensure a swift exit, Costa still remains a Chelsea player.
And, according to the Mirror at least, the Spain international would firstly like to see his beleaguered manager burst a blood vessel before departing Stamford Bridge with a v sign in his wake.
With the unavoidable rumblings of Romelu Lukuku upping sticks to return to Chelsea for a big summer transfer fee, it’s believed that Costa has put the brakes on the whole deal by deciding to stay put, only leaving the club when he feels ready in spite of his current unhappiness in London.
Signed by his beloved Atletico in 2014 following a successful La Liga title charge, the difficult striker has gone on to terrify Premier League defenders by netting 52 times in 89 occasions. With the Madrid side tipped to take him back having secured the short-term future of father-like figure Diego Simeone, it’s believed to be merely a formality that the Premier League winner would make the move back to Spain.
Of course, there is a further caveat.
Atletico are currently under a transfer ban, with the ruling only to be lifted in the New Year. If the striker was to re-sign for the club he enjoyed his happiest years with, he would have to wait until 2018 to make an appearance, with the training ground the only place he would be able to show his mettle. And we all know that Costa is far more useful when driving opposition players mad, not his own.
(via the Mirror)