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Diego Costa Is In The Past - Antonio Conte

Diego Costa Is In The Past - Antonio Conte

Chelsea FC Boss Antonio Conte has laughed off Diego Costa's stubbornness, threats and refusal to return to training, saying the striker is now "The Past".

Diego Costa, who was reported to have received a message from the Chelsea boss , telling him he had no future with the club, has since then been stuck in Brazil, refusing to return to the club and saying he would rather wait till his contract expires, to leave on free transfer.

Concerning Diego Costa's Interview

"It is great," Conte laughed, when asked about the interview. "I can tell you that everyone who works in Chelsea knows very well what happened with him last season. It's funny, this interview.

"I'm not interested to continue this issue. For me, he's the past."

His statement concerning Costa, was suddenly interrupted by the Chelsea Media team and from them, Costa is to return to training.

Chelsea will face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend and will be recovering from a bad opening weekend which saw them lose both the game and two players Cahill and Cesc Fabregas to red cards.

Concerning Tottenham

"I think Tottenham is doing a great job in these years, [Mauricio] Pochettino is doing a great job," said Conte. "He created a good basis, good foundation for this club. We must do the same. We don't have this basis like Tottenham, this foundation.

"I want to help my club build the same solid basis. Now we don't have this and we need time to create this.

"John Terry, [John Obi] Mikel, [Branislav] Ivanovic, [Didier] Drogba, we lost a lot of players in the last few years and now we need to find the right way to build something for the present, and for the future. No we don't have this solid foundation. For this reason we have to work hard to try and improve the squad."

The Chelsea Boss also conceded that the Alvaro Morata has not gotten up to his usual peak yet and will need more time to blend but insists he will only work with those he has while expecting more from the transfer window.

"I think my task is to work with my players, to improve my team, this is my task," he added. "I know the club is working and is trying to do their best in the transfer market but I have to continue with my players.

"At the end of the transfer market we will see what happened, but in either case I will be very happy."
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