Costa opens le­gal case against Chelsea over pend­ing exit

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LONDON: Diego Costa has opened a le­gal case against Chelsea over his pend­ing exit from Stam­ford Bridge.

Last week the striker’s le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ri­cardo Car­doso threat­ened Chelsea with a law­suit re­gard­ing the club’s treat­ment of the Spain striker, par­tic­u­larly their re­fusal to sanc­tion his pro­tracted re­turn to Atletico Madrid.

And Sports­mail un­der­stands pro­ceed­ings have now started.

Costa, who is not train­ing at the club’s Cob­ham HQ, has ac­cused Conte of in­form­ing he was no longer wanted via a text mes­sage dur­ing the sum­mer.

Conte and Chelsea are adamant Costa was aware of the sit­u­a­tion in Jan­uary.

The Blues boss has in­sisted that it was de­cided in the New Year by Costa and his agent, Jorge Men­des, that the striker would leave the club in the sum­mer.

On Fri­day, Conte said there was ‘no news’ on Costa and re­sponded “I don’t know, when asked, when the striker might re­turn to London. A Chelsea spokesman added: “Noth­ing to re­port on that.” Daily Mail

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