Atletico Madrid midfielder encourages Diego Costa to show Chelsea respect

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Senior Chelsea sources have told The Times that while Conte is concerned only with assembling a squad capable of competing in the Premier League and Champions League this season, the board have a responsibility to plan for the long term.

Sky Sports report that Chelsea have informed wantaway striker Diego Costa that they expect him to return to London and train with the team.

After holding a meeting with the Football Association of Sergipe, a state in north-east Brazil, Costa said: 'My destination is already made.

"I must return to Atletico Madrid", the striker's statement begins.

"It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea do not want to release me".

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Costa was expected to complete a transfer away from Stamford Bridge in the following months, though the transfer ban imposed on Atletico has complicated matters.

"I am not a criminal and I am not in the wrong here". They want to sell me to China or other teams. If I go back now I don't think it will be a fair situation.

Antonio Conte's men value the Spaniard at £50m but his old club Atletico Madrid are only willing to cough up £30m.

Costa's lawyers may try to extricate him from the final two years of his contract on a free transfer on the basis that Conte has no intention of playing him and he can not do his job. They really love me for the person I am.

Costa is a notoriously poor presence to have around a side, undisciplined, and generally a nuisance when things aren't going his way.

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"I am always talking with the boys - particularly Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz and Willian. My desire is to go to Atletico". It was clear, saying that he didn't count on me and wishing me the best for the future.

But Soccer Saturday pundit Merson says he would be concerned about signing Costa if he was a manager after his refusal to honour his contract.

"When I came to Chelsea they paid a lot less compared to what's being offered to them".

The ensuing stand-off led to Chelsea's most prized forward watching his club's opening defeat by Burnley on his parent's TV in the Brazilian city of Lagarto.

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