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Chelsea striker Diego Costa shocked fans of Chelsea Football Club when he told reporters after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia on Wednesday that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte told him by text message that he was no longer needed at Chelsea.

However, former Arsenal midfielder, Adrian Clarke believes Costa is lying about the text message reportedly sent to him by Antonio Conte.

Clarke believes Costa is just trying to force a move away from Stamford Bridge with his comments.

“Costa’s made this up, 100 per cent he’s made it up,” Clarke said on talkSPORT via Daily Express.

“Why would a manager text someone ‘you’re not in my plans’? I’m not having it, why would a manager do that? You would at least phone them up.

“I just don’t buy that that would happen. I’m saying Costa wants to leave and he is just trying to accelerate the process, manufacture, accelerate, however way you want to say it.

“The problem for him is Atletico Madrid are not allowed to sign players and he wants to go to Atletico Madrid.

“He wants to now let everyone else know ‘I’m available, I want to go’.”

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