Diego Costa has absconded Chelsea training ground Cobham and has been in Brazil since he was told to train with the reserve team.
He has recently hit out at Antonio Conte over the treatment he has received from the Chelsea boss, and has said he’s ready to be fined for a year.
Arsenal legend Ian Wright says Costa isn’t fulfilling the terms of his contract by being away and has revealed that the Spain international will be a bad influence on the team.
“He should be back at Chelsea training. It says in his contract that you have to be there fit and ready if selected whatever happens,” the former Arsenal striker told Sky Sports.
“I don’t know if somewhere along the line, that’s gone out of the window with players because as soon as they don’t want to be there, they go on strike. He’s still in Brazil and the season has started and he’s not fit. He should have reported back for pre-season and it is terrible professionalism.
“I think that the vibe I get off of it is that Conte is delighted that he’s not in and around the place. Costa should have read the situation properly and thought ‘if I’m around, it’s going to irk him even more’. I feel like that’s the scenario Costa should have gone down.
“I get the impression from Conte that if Costa’s around [the club] and he’s in [Conte’s] face, that’s going to be a problem and that’s what Costa should be doing. Him and his agents have read it wrong.”