Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is said to have the full backing of the club regarding the unsavoury Diego Costa saga and is not expected to face any internal punishment after sending an unauthorised text message informing the striker he was no longer required.
Costa chose to go public with the situation last week and it is thought that the Italian was then quickly warned to back off the delicate situation by Stamford Bridge director and ‘player transactions’ chief Marina Granovskaia when word got back to the club.
Chelsea’s selling position to command a top fee has been severely weakened as potential suitors are fully aware how keen the club is to move the controversial forward on. Costa could also be in line to walk away with a loyalty bonus because he can prove he didn’t instigate his now likely exit.
But rather than face an awkward meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to hold him accountable for his off-book move that was against club protocol, Conte retains the support of the Chelsea hierarchy as to not undermine his authority.
According to The Sun, Conte accepted that he crossed a line by sending the message, but the matter as far as who was in the wrong now seems to be over and the coach can enjoy the rest of his holiday without the fear of facing any consequences for his actions.
Chelsea are believed to be close to agreeing a deal to re-sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, while efforts will continue to be made to find Costa a new club.
A proposed transfer to AC Milan looks to have stalled over high wage demands, but the Spain international could yet return to former club Atletico Madrid if he is willing to wait until January to be registered or is happy to spend the first half of the season on a loan somewhere.
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