‘Any player who wants to leave, can leave’: Diego Simeone lays down the law for striker Diego Costa as controversial star returns to Atletico Madrid duty following refusal to train
Costa received an eight-game ban after being shown a straight red card at Barcelona at the start of the month for telling referee Gil Manzano: ‘s*** on your w**** mother.’
Atletico opened an internal misconduct investigation into Costa’s referee rant, and the striker responded by pulling another stunt, refusing to train with his Atletico Madrid team-mates on Thursday.
Diego Costa (centre) was back in training with his Atletico Madrid team-mates on Friday
The unsettled striker decided to refuse to train on Thursday after an investigation was opened
Costa was recently sent off against Barcelona and given an eight-game ban for abusing the ref
Following his no-show, Costa returned but manager Diego Simeone does not seem pleased
Simeone said: ‘The situation with Diego at the moment is in-house, we resolved it yesterday and today [Friday] he has been training as normal.’
Costa has now returned to training, but he has denied using the derogatory term towards the referee. However, an appeal on his behalf by club has proved unsuccessful.
Simeone continues: ‘He has not enjoyed a good season which has not been helped by his injury, but we are hopeful his qualities can benefit us next season.
The Spain striker is said to have told referee Gil Manzano: ‘s*** on your w**** mother’
Atletico boss Simeone has said that ‘any player who wants to leave can leave’
‘We want him to return with hunger and put this behind him.’
Costa returned from his foot injury in February hoping to breathe life back into Atletico Madrid, but has netted just once.
He has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League this summer.