Out of favour Chelsea striker, Diego Costa has opened legal proceedings against the club, according to reports in the British media.
Bad boy Costa is said to be keen on a return to former club, Atletico Madrid, but has been left frustrated over what he sees as efforts by Chelsea to block the move.
The reigning champions have refused to comment on the latest impasse with their wantaway striker, with head coach Antonio Conte replying “I don’t know” when asked when the striker might return to London.
Similarly, a Chelsea spokesman was just as coy on the matter, telling newsmen that there was “Nothing to report on that.”
This comes after the Blues dismissed as “nonsense” claims by a lawyer said to be representing Costa that Conte was making life unbearable for the club’s top scorer last season, Sun writes.
His rumoured preference of a return to Atletico is complicated by their transfer embargo which prohibits the club from making any new signings until January 2018.
The fiery 28-year-old striker has remained in his birthplace Brazil for much of the summer holidays, where he’s been seen partying and playing beach soccer.
He has however been a transfer target of big-spending Italian Giants, AC Milan, but it appears their interest has cooled over his insistence to return to the Spanish capital.
Chelsea meanwhile, open their Premier League title defence against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.