Photos: Diego Costa dons Atletico Madrid shirt, sends a hug to Antonio Conte
If Diego Costa’s Chelsea career wasn’t already over, it is now.
The Spain international received a text message from head coach Antonio Conte earlier this summer to inform him that he would not be in his plans for the 2017/18 season. Costa has since been excused from pre-season training and allowed to stay on holiday in his native Brazil.
It was from a party in Brazil that he posted Instagram footage showing him decked out in an Atletico Madrid shirt. Costa has been linked with a return to his former club, even though they would be unable to register him until January due to their transfer ban.
And when Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas posted a comment on the video, Costa responded (in Spanish): “Give Conte a hug.”