Chelsea striker Diego Costa has claimed that he has been made to feel like a criminal by the club and begged to “set free.”
He also accused manager Antonio Conte of lacking charisma and attacked the way the Italian had told the Spanish international by text that he had no future at Stamford Bridge.
Costa, 28, has refused Chelsea remands to return to London and is staying in his native Brazil and incurring club fines because he is not willing to train away from the first-team squad as he angles for a move back to Atletico Madrid.
“They want me there training with the reserves,” Costa tells the Daily Mail. “I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact with the guys. I am not a criminal.
“I don’t think that is fair after all I have done to be treated like that.”