THE stormclouds have all but privileged for Chelsea boss Antonio Conte after acknowledgment heavy striker Diego Costa will re-join Atletico Madrid in January.
A brief 30-word matter from the Premier League champions reliable a understanding had been concluded for the wantaway brazen to return to Spain.
Until then he is accessible to Conte. But does the Italian need him?
And, even if he does, should he consider about using him? Our friends at Football Whispers import up that dilemma.
In the end, all parties are happy, as Costa gets to leave Chelsea and return to Atletico.
Conte gets shot of a player he prolonged given motionless to drop and Atleti manager Diego Simeone sees his patrol increased by the return of a favourite for the second half of the season.
There was a clarity of karma about the move.
Yet the future of the irked striker has dominated the back pages via the summer and, in fact, given a high-profile bust-up with Conte in January.
Somehow Conte has held it all together in the 9 months since, winning the Premier League pretension and reaching the FA Cup final while successfully reintegrating Costa into his side.
The former Juventus manager deserves a lot of credit for that.
In Italy he is famous to be every bit as likely to fly off the hoop as Costa. But he has remained cool and veteran via the debacle.
However, the same can't be pronounced of Costa. After being informed, by text, he was no longer partial of the Chelsea coach’s plans he took the summer off and partied in Brazil.
It was transparent that, if he wasn’t wanted at Stamford Bridge, Costa was going to make the many of being on de facto gardening leave for the residue of his time with the club.
One assumes he has now shown his face at Cobham or Stamford Bridge in sequence to finish the formalities on his Chelsea exit.
But, interjection to Atletico’s refusal to meet the Premier League side’s asking cost earlier it has dragged on and Costa stays in limbo.
Not that there will be any tears spilt for him.
So what happens now? Conte would be good within his rights to banish the brazen from Cobham and let him do as he pleases until the send window opens.
In fact, he could let him go forward and sight with Simeone’s side in Spain.
Yet despite all the off-field antics Costa stays a excellent striker.
There is nobody utterly like him in the Premier League who can brag defences with his ability and tetchy nature.
After all, now his pierce divided from Stamford Bridge is complete, maybe he will tumble in line and do as Conte asks.
Who are we kidding?
Costa is tangible by his ability to means an evidence in an dull room. He plays on the dilemma and when it’s for you he’s unplayable.
But when that line is crossed he becomes a liability. At this theatre he owes zero to Conte and Chelsea.
His actions over the past few months have finished it transparent what he thinks – even if there is a school of suspicion to advise he has been tough finished by in the way he was dumped.
Above all, because would Conte risk it? The vigour he was reportedly under at the commencement of the deteriorate has carried and the Blues are winning but last season’s top scorer.
Alvaro Morata, Costa’s replacement, has taken to the Premier League with palliate and has scored 3 and assisted two.
Even his understudy, Michy Batshuayi, has hit the idea trail.
There is no longer a predicament at Stamford Bridge. So because on Earth would Conte light the lax cannon in the corner?