“Diego Costa’s Behaviour Is Disrespectful” – Ian Wright
Chelsea forward Diego Costa’s refusal to return to training is “disgraceful”, says former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.
The 28-year-old, who is currently in his native Brazil, said he has been treated like a “criminal” and wants to join former club Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte texted Costa in June to say he was not in his plans, but Costa says he has been told to return and train with the reserves.
“I don’t understand how players can get away with that behaviour,” said Wright.
Spain striker Costa was given extra time off by Chelsea last month, but now claims he is being fined for his absence and is considering legal action or seeing out the remaining year of his contract unpaid in Brazil.
The Blues expect Costa to return immediately, resume training, get himself match fit and put himself in contention for selection because he is still contracted to the club.
“It’s disgraceful the way he is behaving,”
Wright told BBC Radio 5 live’s The Monday Night Club.
“Surely he’s got to come back here, so if the manager changes his mind he’s there. He’s earning a fortune at Chelsea. Can Atletico Madrid even afford him?”