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Many have hailed Chelsea manager Antonio Conte for keeping Diego Costa calm last season. The 28-year-old looked a calmer player on the pitch under Conte than former boss Jose Mourinho.

However, it backfired in January when the Spain international was involved in a training ground bust up with the Chelsea manager.

Conte handled the situation maturely but it seems Costa have taken it a bit too far when he stepped on Conte’s toes while on international duty with Spain.

Speaking after Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia, the Chelsea forward shocked the media with his comment.

“I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” Costa said last week.

“Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it.

“Conte said he did not count on me for next season.

“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season.

“It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.

“You have to find a team.”

And now, Spanish daily Marca say Costa wanted to remain at Chelsea until the New Year and then try and broker a move to Atletico.

Costa has never hidden his desire to return to Atletico, and Marca believes this was one of Costa’s ploy to get back, although he didn’t expect it to have gone this far.

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