The Diego Costa situation at Chelsea is very messy and clouded at the moment. But leave it to United legend Eric Cantona and his ‘unique’ perspective of the saga to shed some light on his views.
Chelsea’s Italian manager, Antonio Conte, has made it clear to the striker that he isn’t a part of his future plans at Stamford Bridge. And with several clubs making the rounds to woo the Brazilian, there is certainly no shortage of options.
Yet, he could have snubbed the London club earlier last season by completing a prospective move back to his old club Atletico back in January.
Talking about the entire saga, Eric Cantona put his opinions on the video with Eurosport.
The Frenchman states: “He (Diego Costa) has the club by the balls.
“Chelsea has won the Premier League. And Diego Costa found a very creative way to celebrate. He started with a gentle cupping of John Terry’s testicles, and then a sweet grind behind his trainer’s derriere.
“This is a clear message for the team’s bosses regarding his possible departure: ‘I take you by the balls, and I am about to screw you as well’.”
While one can consider this to be a very strong opinion, catching many aback, it is true too. For a player like Diego Costa, who was a major contributor to the team’s success in the Premier League, the manager seemed very indifferent in his disapproval of the player.
The 28-year-old striker’s decision to publicly reveal the text message from Conte works as a double-edged sword. Although his own reputation based on professionalism would go down, that one text might end up costing the Stamford Bridge outfit millions of pounds.
And as the striker made his intentions of returning back to his ex-club Atletico Madrid clear, Chelsea might be forced to keep him till Atletico’s transfer ban is lifted. Not only would the Blues have to pay his wages, but his value might go down significantly in the next six months due to a lack of playtime.
Despite playing one of his best seasons at Chelsea in the recently concluded campaign, wherein he bagged 22 goals and 7 assists in all competitions for the League champions, Conte indicated that he has better options in mind.
Meanwhile, apart from Atletico Madrid, Chinese Club Tianjin Quanjian are eyeing a move for the Spanish international, but it seems unlikely.
Written by Srivats Venkateswaran
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