8/18/2017 5:29:29 PM

Costa’s criminal claim just a joke to Conte

Costa’s criminal claim just a joke to Conte

London: Antonio Conte refused to make peace with Diego Costa as he laughed off the Chelsea striker’s claim that he has been treated like a criminal by the Premier League champions.

Costa is in exile in Brazil after falling out with Blues boss Conte during the close-season when the Italian sent the forward a text message that made it clear he was no longer part of his plans.

Conte had grown tired of the volatile Costa’s attempts to force a transfer throughout last term, but the Spain international revealed the contents of the text to the media, prompting the Chelsea manager to banish him from the club.

Costa has gone on a PR offensive this week, criticising Conte for freezing him out and making it clear he won't return to England because he would only be made to train with the reserves.

Asked about his views on Costa's latest outburst, Conte responded with a fit of giggles in front of the media at Chelsea's training ground on Friday.

“It’s great. I prefer to laugh, it’s great, it’s great,” he said.

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