Diego Costa: 'Antonio Conte text was a moment of madness'

Costa: Conte text
Diego Costa believes that Antonio Conte's decision to inform him by text about having no future at Chelsea was a "moment of madness".

Diego Costa has claimed that Antonio Conte's decision to declare him surplus to requirements at Chelsea by text message was a "moment of madness".

The Spain striker has exiled himself from Stamford Bridge and is currently in his native Brazil trying to force through a move to Atletico Madrid.

Costa believes that it was "disrespectful" of the Chelsea head coach to break the news to him in such a manner.

"Conte's text? It was a moment of madness. It can happen, but I thought it was disrespectful," he told Brazilian outlet MC News.

"I always asked to speak face to face with the coach and the board. I never sent [them] text messages, so it shows what kind of person he is.

"If something makes me sad about this situation, it's [the fans'] affection as they'd always supported me, even during the delicate moments.

"If I'd been in the team for three years, it was for them and the dressing room, which was very much united. It was a great experience."

During his three-year spell at Stamford Bridge, Costa has netted 58 goals in 120 appearances in all competitions.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte celebrates victory over West Ham United on March 6, 2017
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