40-year-old former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Anderson Luís de Souza otherwise known as “Deco” claims Chelsea manager Antonio Conte should never have sanction the sale of Spain international Diego Costa.
The Spaniard left Chelsea last summer to rejoin his former side Atletico Madrid after publicly falling out with the Blues manager during Chelsea’s title winning season of 2016/17.
Chelsea have been struggling to replicate that Premier League league winning form this season, with the striker, who now earns £153,846 weekly with the La Liga giants, absent was greatly felt in the Blues attack.
Then Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was signed as a replacement to his compatriot, but fails to sit in the same boat with Costa as was only able to net 11 league goals.
And while the signing of Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud in January brought somewhat a new life to our attack, Giroud’s goals [five in 18 appearances] was not enough to help the club finishing outside the top four for second time in three seasons.
However, Deco believes Chelsea wouldn’t have been where we are today had it been Costa was not sold last summer, and this could likely cost Conte his job at the Bridge this summer.
Deco, an ambassador for Betfair said as quoted by the Daily Express:
“The Premier League over the last few years has become more competitive. There is a lot of big teams, a lot of replacements.
“I think we will see changing winners in the next years. Manchester City, they did something not normal in the Premier League.
“But Chelsea they won last season and for me they lost one important player like Diego Coata, that’s my opinion.
“The way they play, Diego was very important for them. It was difficult to find a substitution. Morata is not the same, even Giroud is not the same. Diego was for me the perfect player for the way Conte played.
“I think they lost [Nemanja] Matic too, they had good midfielders but I think for me it was Diego Costa [leaving].”
Antonio Conte is widely expected to face the exit door at Stamford Bridge this summer after a dissapointing season, with both Maurizio Sarri and Luis Enrique being touted as potential replacement for the former Juventus international.
Chelsea, however, have yet to make any official comment on Conte’s regarding his future with the club, and we believe everything will be decided until after the Russia 2018 World Cup, which begins tomorrow.