Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte has laughed off striker, Diego Costa’s claim that the club is keeping their asking price high and by so doing preventing him from joining Atletico Madrid.
Costa has since spent much of his time in Brazil amid interest from Atletico, with the player keen to return to his former club in the Spanish capital.
But the 28-year-old has complained that Chelsea are insisting that Atletico pay in the region of £40 million for his services and believes the Premier League champions should not be able to dictate his future after telling him he could leave.
But Conte has hinted that Costa was told to leave for a specific reason and believes it is humourous that he would now make demands of the club.
Asked about the Spanish international’s recent claims that he is being treated like a criminal, Conte said, “It’s great, I prefer to laugh, it’s great, it’s great.
“Everyone at Chelsea knows what happened with him, it’s funny this interview.”
Conte also insisted that the player is now part of the club’s past and would not be drawn on whether he would be open to selecting him should he forced to stay in west London.
He added, “I’m not interested to continue this issue. For me it’s in the past.”