Diego Costa has been left hanging after the summer transfer window slammed shut in Spain on Friday night. The Spain international would have been hoping for a move to Atletico Madrid before the end of the night, but that didn’t happen.
All summer, we were led to believe he was going to leave the Bridge following his ‘fallout’ with the Chelsea board and Conte. He even went on a self-imposed exile to his home country of Brazil, training alone, but all that seems to have been for nothing, as he’s still not an Atletico player; instead, he’s been included in Chelsea’s squad for the current campaign. So where did it go wrong for the man once revered by Blues faithful, and where does he go from here?
Widespread reports said that Atletico refused to meet Chelsea’s £50million valuation of the forward, especially since they cannot use him until January. That seems to me like a coy way of rejecting a player you don’t really need. The price tag can’t have been the problem, and so what was? If Atletico really wanted him that much, why not sign him, and loan him out until January? But can you blame them? A team of their nature with too many talents upfront wouldn’t bother so much about a striker who wouldn’t bring more than just the goals. Atletico do not need him, they know that, and that is why they didn’t move seriously for him. They can say otherwise, but it looks more like Costa is the one begging to be signed by Atletico. It is a shame, and quite embarrassing, especially considering how much the man once meant to Chelsea.
Costa was a cult hero. He could have been one of the greatest ever players to lead our attack, but greed and poor control of his temperament cost him. Every player moves on eventually; into retirement or to another club. Chelsea would never stand in his way as long as you don’t try to force your way out, even knowing well you’re under contract.
Costa may blame Conte and our board all he cares, but he knows that we know the truth of what really transpired between them in January. His failed attempt to force a move to China was the last straw. You cannot blame Conte for looking to get reliability elsewhere if he feels betrayed by someone he counted on. In fact, if anyone should be crying foul, it should be Conte. The man trusted Costa, but he didn’t return the same. Perhaps if the Spain international would have been more responsible and mature in his approach to business and life, things wouldn’t be so bad for him.
He has put himself in a difficult situation. He’s not gotten what he wanted, while Chelsea have everything they want in a striker in both Bats and Morata. From where I sit, he’s in a limbo, and risks messing up his once illustrious career.
Whether or not he’ll feature for Chelsea remains to be known. Contract terms demand he does, but would Conte allow that happen? If it happens, it will take some convincing. What is very clear is that Costa isn’t as big and indispensable as he thought, if he were, he wouldn’t be in his current position.