Diego Costa may have dropped his biggest hint yet that he intends to leave Chelsea after bemoaning his treatment in the Premier League.
The Blues striker gets a notoriously hard time from opposing fans after being involved in numerous controversial incidents over the years.
The latest came in Chelsea’s opening game of the season against West Ham, when he was booked by referee Anthony Taylor for dissent under the league’s guidelines.
While the Spain international has admitted to ESPN Brasil that he is now aware of the new rules regarding player behaviour, he does feel he is singled out.
“I’ll be honest, I am targeted here (in the Premier League) by the referees, the people,” he said.
“If I do something, it’s totally different than if any other players do.
“It needs to be seen, that people targeted me.”
Costa certainly doesn’t sound like he’s entirely settled at Stamford Bridge, with rumours persisting throughout the summer that he was keen to head back to his old club Atletico Madrid.
Antonio Conte’s signing of Michy Batshuayi initially suggested Chelsea might be willing to let Costa go, but the striker’s goal in the last minutes against West Ham will only reinforce the club’s stance that he’s not for sale – regardless of his wishes.