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'Costa wants to leave Chelsea'

Sky Sports Sky Sports 13/03/2016

Getty © Provided by BSkyB Getty Diego Costa had an ulterior motive for his behaviour in Chelsea's defeat at Goodison Park, according to the Sky's Sunday Supplement panel.

The enigmatic Blues hitman received his marching orders for the first time since arriving in England in Chelsea's 2-0 defeat at Everton, after clashing with Gareth Barry.

Costa was his usual abrasive self all afternoon but, after Romelu Lukaku had scored twice to put Everton in the driving seat, frustrations boiled over as Costa led with his head in attacking Barry after the pair had a coming together.

There were allegations that Costa tried to bite Barry, which have since been denied by the Everton midfielder, but The Sun's European football correspondent Antony Kastrinakis told the Sunday Supplement Costa's actions were part of a plan.

"Costa had exactly the same reputation at Atletico Madrid as he has developed in England," Kastrinakis said. "His behaviour over the last few months is purely to show Roman Abramovich that he wants out.

"He wanted out last May. There were stories from various friends of his that he wanted to return to Atletico Madrid. It could have been done in January when Atletico made a bid, but Chelsea would not let him go.

"I think all of this is his frustration, because he wants to play elsewhere."

Regardless of his motives, Costa could face further action after yet another flash point in his career, and the Daily Star's chief sports writer Jeremy Cross is in agreement there is more to it this time.

"There is probably an ulterior motive to his behaviour, but he is idolised by children all over Europe and here in the Premier League - you just don't do it," Cross said.

"It just sums him up. He obviously has a switch that goes on and off.

"Chelsea will worry because he will have a reputation that precedes him with referees, and opposition players will be out to wind him up."

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