Former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton believes Chelsea striker Diego Costa is trying to get himself sacked by Chelsea.
“I think [Diego] Costa is trying to get himself sacked, that’s the reality of it,” Barton told talkSPORT.
“If he gets sacked that frees him to get the move he wants to Atletico Madrid. It’s wrong but this is what happens when you sign players from far-flung places, they’ve got no attachment.
“He’s never going to live in London, he’s going to go and live in Spain or Brazil, and he wants out.
“He thinks he’s been disrespectfully treated by Chelsea and Conte and the way they’ve handled it [the situation]. Didn’t they tell him via text he’s not needed?
“No matter what you say about Costa he’s been good for Chelsea for the last couple of years.
“He arguably won them the league last season, among other players, and he’s really disillusioned with Chelsea’s behaviour towards him.”