Chelsea star hits out at club over 'wrong' treatment of Diego Costa
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has hit out at the club over their treatment of Diego Costa and claimed it was wrong.
Not only did he lament losing Costa as a teammate but also said that the fact the player can’t play until the turn of the year due to Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban was unfortunate for him and could have been prevented.
The Blues saw a standoff between Costa and Antonio Conte, with the manager refusing to keep the player and Costa himself staying in Brazil and failing to turn up to training in order to force through the Atleti move he wanted.
He said to Marca: “It’s a shame for him more than anyone.
“Diego knew that if he signed for Atletico he could not play for a few months.
“It has been a difficult situation for both him and for Chelsea; it has been wrong.
“Clearly I would have preferred for him to continue as a teammate.
“Diego will never be a rival to me.
“In recent years there has not been a pure striker better than him; he understood my game, read my passes and most importantly he could score from them.
“With Diego it is not just what he gives you on the pitch but it is his character, too, he brings a lot to the group.”
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