Joey Barton claims Diego Costa is attempting to force Chelsea to sack him.
The Spain global striker is at the moment in self-imposed exile in his native Brazil and is refusing to return to Stamford Bridge after falling out with manager Antonio Conte.
And Barton, who used to be co-hosting the Alan Brazil sports activities Breakfast on Monday morning, reckons the 28-year-outdated is aiming to drive his manner out of the west London club.
“i feel [Diego] Costa is making an attempt to get himself sacked, that’s the fact of it,” he mentioned. “If he will get sacked that frees him to get the move he needs to Atletico Madrid. It’s incorrect however this is what happens whilst you signal avid gamers from far-flung places, they’ve acquired no attachment.
“He’s never going to live in London, he’s going to move and are living in Spain or Brazil, and he desires out. He thinks he’s been disrespectfully handled through Chelsea and Conte and the way they’ve handled it [the situation]. Didn’t they tell him by way of text he’s now not needed?
“it doesn’t matter what you say about Costa he’s been good for Chelsea for the final couple of years. He arguably received them the league last season, among other players, and he’s truly disillusioned with Chelsea’s behaviour in opposition to him.” (TalksSport)