Chelsea outcast Costa ‘loved’ by team-mates

Diego Costa insists he’s feeling the like of his Chelsea team-mates regardless of becoming frozen out of Antonio Conte’s plans this season.
The Spain striker, who scored 20 ambitions in the Blues’ title-winning campaign last time out, has been exiled this term and watched the club’s shock 3-2 opening-day loss to Burnley from his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil.
Costa has claimed that Conte told him via text in June that he was no longer wanted, while the Stamford Bridge club say the 28-year-old was produced conscious of their plans in January.
Amid all of the acrimony, Costa is heartened to have the assistance of his playing colleagues.
“When the manager will not want you, you must go,” he told The Every day Mail.
“If you have been to ask all my team-mates, they’d say the same. They send messages saying ‘I miss you’ and that they appreciate me.
“I am usually speaking with the boys – particularly Cesc Fabregas, David Luiz and Willian. We’ve got banter over WhatsApp.
“They ask how I’m. They really adore me for the particular person I am. If they did not, they wouldn’t be saying they miss me and like me.”