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Diego Costa doesn't think 'suspicious' Conte has the attributes to manage Spanish giants Real Madrid

Updated: Jun 1, 2020

  • Atleti ace Costa believes 'suspicious' Conte would not last at Los Blancos.

  • 'Conte needs to change the human side of his management,' says Rjoblancos frontman.

Diego Costa says he knows what went wrong in his relationship with Conte.
Diego Costa says he knows what went wrong in his relationship with Conte.

There is always one question that's usually asked when the Atleti star has an interview and this time it is What did Diego Costa say about his former boss?

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa doesn't think his former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte would be able to become the manager of a club like Real Madrid because he is too "suspicious". Costa and Conte cut relations a few weeks after Chelsea won the Premier League title together in 2017. The Inter Milan coach Conte sent a text message to Costa (three years ago) saying he was surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. Costa, who was upset by the text message, eventually left the west London club during the 2017-18 winter transfer window, and the Italian boss Conte was relieved of his duty - following his side’s below-par performance - at the end off that season.

More: Chelsea ace would love to see Jadon Sancho at Stamford Bridge. However, ex-Blues hitman Costa says he knows why he fell out with the former Juve coach Conte. The 31-year-old told ESPN Brasil: "We had problems off the pitch, but I think he is a really good manager. I have no hard feelings towards Conte. But to be a top, top manager, he needs to change the human side of his management. He is very suspicious. At a club like, say, Real Madrid, he would never last a season." Costa also explained why he decided to play for Spain, and turned his back on his native Brazil. "I remember several forwards were injured but [then-manager Luiz Felipe] Scolari would not select me. I stayed quiet, but wasn't selected for the Confederations Cup.

"The possibility of Spain emerged and I accepted. How could I say no? Suddenly, they started saying Scolari wanted me. "Well, he never called me once. How could it be that he wanted me? I then saw it written that I had ruined the dreams of millions of Brazilians. Why not say that he didn't look for me? Then it's simple."

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