Antonio Conte insists Diego Costa is in Chelsea’s past and wouldn’t pick him

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that Spanish striker Diego Costa has no future at Stamford Bridge following his training ground bust-up earlier last season.

The 28-year-old has been training alone in Brazil over the past few weeks despite the Blues’ insistence that he should show his attendance in west London.

The former Atletico man recently claimed that Conte had treated him like a criminal following their split this summer, and when asked on the situation, the Italian was in a jovial mood, he said: “It’s great. I prefer to laugh. I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.I’m not interested to continue this issue. I repeat: for me, is in the past.”

Meanwhile, the manager was further stressed to comment on Costa, for which a spokesman intervened by saying: “Our position is clear. I don’t think that’s something we’ll get into publicly. As a Chelsea player we’ve said he should return to Chelsea and that’s where we’ll leave it.”

Former club Atletico Madrid are said to have made a club-record bid worth £50m for the marksman, but it appears that the Blues are still playing hardball with latest valuation of £60m. The Premier League holders are expectant to parts way with Costa before this month’s transfer deadline, and they will come to terms with Atletico in the coming days.

Chelsea made a poor start to the campaign with a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley in the Premier League opener. However, they have recovered impressively from their home thrashing with a 2-1 triumph over London rivals Tottenham Hotspur this weekend. Conte is on the hunt for at least five signings before the August 31 deadline with a £200m war chest on offer to bolster his squad.