Chelsea boss Antonio Conte on hearing of Diego Costa’s interview of how the management was treating him like “a criminal,” burst into fists of coughs and crackers before maintaining thereafter that the exiled striker was “in the past.”

In the turn of the month, Diego Costa had gone on air complaining that Chelsea was treating him “like a criminal” then on Friday, the Spain international accused The Blues of setting his transfer fee above the heights of Athletico Madrid.

The words “It’s great, it’s great. I prefer to laugh,” was all the pressmen that gathered around Conte got on Friday and that was after he received the news like a man listening to a clown.

“I can tell you that everyone who was in Chelsea knows very well what happened last season with Diego. It’s funny, this interview.” He added.

After having a clash of interest in January when an opportunity presented itself for a move to the Chinese Super League and spending the rest of the season in silent beef with the coach, the striker, much to the astonishment of the club, flared up after Conte told him he wasn’t in his plans via a text message in June.

Although Diego will rather jet off to MLS football, despite being at his prime, Chelsea have maintained that Costa is under obligation to report himself back to the squad, join the team’s reserve then work himself back into shape to qualify for first team selection.

Conte on the other hand simply maintained that he doesn’t want to discuss the issue since it is in the past for him.

Athletico coach Diego Simeone on the hand didn’t give much indication if the Spanish side was on the same wavelength of nostalgic reunion the outlaw had been blabbing about all summer.

“[Costa] is not our player and what most interests me is the game against Girona [on Saturday] and the three points,” was all newsmen could get from the Argentine.