Chelsea-Costa Crisis: The way forward for the club and the player?
The crisis between the reigning Premier League champions and their estranged striker Diego Costa is increasingly getting worse and seems not to be nearing an end.
Antonio Conte sending a ‘go find yourself text another club text’ to Diego Costa is not the beginning of the ongoing Chelsea-Costa crisis but it has complicated the matter.
The message from the Italian boss to the player, confirmed by MirrorSport, read:
“Hi Diego, I hope you are well.
“Thanks for the seasono [sic] we spent together.
“Good luck for the next year but you are not in my plan.”
For a player who gave his all for the club each time he was on the pitch, he deserves a man-to-man dismissal, not a text dismissal. Antonio Conte, talking on the club’s pre-season tour in China, said: “I don’t like to talk about players who are not here. The only thing I can tell you is that in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club for him and his agent. For me, the situation is closed.”
The situation was closed in January but the player of Diego Costa’s quality deserves a ‘honourable’ dismissal but if you consider the manner at which Diego Costa had made his desire to rejoin his former club known since he joined Chelsea you might want to side with the club.
Every transfer window since he joined the London giants he has been linked with a move to one club or the other with a return to Atletico always a constant report. In January, while the club
In January, while the club were in the fore front of a title push he was linked with a triple-figure move to China and he asked to be sold according to various reports that led to his training ground bust-up with his boss.
He was seen having a lunch with his former manager Diego Simeone at some point fuelling a report he was on his way back. As the season progressed, last year, he also revealed how he was keen in on rejoining Atletico but they never came for him.
The striker never hid the fact that he didn’t like it in London for various personal reasons so a move out of Chelsea and England was going to happen either this summer or next, even if all things were okay between him and the club.
Diego Costa recently accused the club of treating him like a ‘criminal’ and would be willing to spend a year in Brazil to avoid going back to Stamford Bridge. “They gave me a week extra off but since then it’s fines all the way. They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to
“They gave me a week extra off but since then it’s fines all the way. They want me training with the reserves. I am not going to do that. I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here. So, if they need to fine me, let them fine me.
“I take the hit every week but I’m not driven by money. The important thing is to be happy with how I live. I’m here with my parents and people who respect me.
“I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”
The striker wants to go which is well within his right but telling the club how and where is far from his right.
The situation is becoming ugly and could be worse if Chelsea who spent over £89m on sacked managers (Mourinho 1st sack £18m, the 2nd sack over £30m for him and his staffs, Luiz Felipe Scolari £12.6m, Carlo Ancelotti £6m, Andre Villas-Boas £12m and Roberto di Matteo £10.7m) fail to take a drastic action.
The club seriously needs to avoid distraction to avoid a repeat of the internal crises that led to their worst ever finish in the 2015-16 season.
Chelsea’s £50 valuation of the striker is way below what he would have cost any club should all was well between the player and the club so his claims of the London club over-demanding from his desired destination club Atletico is just not right. Strikers of Diego Costa’s quality are rare and in today’s market, they will command a fee of above £75m.
Chelsea should do everything possible to get him back to the club to train with the development squad, by paying his weekly salary till his contract expires or Atletico or any club who will meet their valuation for the player come with an offer. If no one comes calling £17.3m which will cover his salary from now till June 2019 that’s nothing compared to what they’ve paid in the past.
This may have a negative impact on the squad as Diego Costa is well loved by his soon to be former teammates and his presence around the club despite the ban from the first team might have a great negative effect on the club but it will go along way in showing the club is bigger than any player.
The world cup is around the corner the striker needs to play to be able to be considered for a place in the Spanish national team, he needs a club him and his agent Jorge Mendes must do whatever it will take to get a club that will pay his price tag.
He is a top player that most top club would want in their books if he is ready to drop his desire to go back to Atletico Madrid. It’s just a few days to the end of the summer transfer window and something must be done as soon as possible.
Do you think the club and the player could patch things up?