Diego Costa has been dumped by Antonio Conte for the forthcoming 2017/18 season by text message. As the world modernises so does the relationships between player and manager. A conversation normally held man-man can now be replicated over a few words and sent across the globe.
Costa received the correspondence whilst on international duty with Spain last month. The news is still relevant and even more so in the coming weeks however; Lukaku has officially transferred to Manchester United and Conte’s eyes are firmly fixed on Italian international Andrea Belotti.
It seems increasingly clear that Diego Costa’s journey at Chelsea is nearing its end, yet the escape might follow a troubled path. Costa’s desire to return to Atletico Madrid was faltered by the upholding of their transfer ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport by violating laws on signing adolescents.
Despite interest from Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjian which surfaced during the January transfer window; an offer made reportedly.
Costa has admitted his relationship with Conte has been on slippery ice all season. Scoring only 20 goals in 35 appearances and carding 10 yellow cards, one can imagine Conte’s frustration. The 28-year-old has been accused by the pundits of diving on many occasions, the referees tend to reach for the whistle every time he hits the deck; it has led to a sorry end for the former Brazilian international.
Given that his transfer value has only risen by £10 million at Chelsea despite winning two Premier League medals and one League Cup triumph in 2015, Costa seems to have reached his expiry date in England.
Costa switched nationality from Brazilian to Spanish in September 2013 so the money would be on him returning to Spain; although the riches of the Far East did entice former Chelsea player, Ramires.