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Diego Costa is in the past – Conte says after 3-2 defeat to Burnley

Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has once again made it clear that Diego Costa is not in his plans anymore.

Conte, in an interview with the BBC after their 3-2 loss to Burnley on Saturday, stated that he was focused on working with the players at his disposal.

The Italian was especially pleased with new boy Alvaro Morata, who came on with the team three goals down and scored one. The former Real Madrid star also laid on the assist for David Luiz to grab a second, although it was not enough to prevent defeat.

Costa has been ostracized from the Chelsea squad, after Conte sent him a text message telling him to look for a new club and the former Juventus coach is not ready to change his mind.

“We must focus on working very hard with these players. As for the transfer market, the club is trying to do the best. I am not worried, I am ready to fight with these players. I repeat: it is important for us to concentrate on our work, to be focused every day in training and to try to work in our best way. No excuses.

“Morata is very important and it’s important that he now adapts himself to our philosophy – today he played a good game with the right intensity. Now he has to continue to work with all the rest of our players.

“I prefer not to answer questions about Diego Costa – for me it’s in the past,” he said.

 

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