Chelsea boss Antonio Conte escapes punishment over text row with Diego Costa – report

ANTONIO CONTE has escaped punishment over his text row with Diego Costa, according to reports.

Costa revealed last week that Conte told him he was no longer part of his plans at Stamford Bridge.

This shock reaction from Conte was apparently prompted by a message Costa sent the Italian prior to the internationals.

Conte himself sent out an initial text to the squad to wish them well for the summer and to return to pre-season in shape.

But the Spain international reportedly overstepped the mark and now finds himself looking for a move elsewhere.

Conte accepted his actions broke club protocol for the handling of Costa and there were fears he could be punished for his actions.

A meeting was scheduled to be called between the Chelsea boss, owner Roman Abramovich and chairman Bruce Buck.

However, The Sun claim he will escape any sort of sanction with the club backing him 100 per cent.

Conte is currently away on holiday and will be somewhat relieved to learn that he can remain on his break.

Pre-season training begins on July 7, but Conte will return a few days earlier to make sure everything is fully prepared.

But Costa’s locker has already been cleared because the Blues are switching kit suppliers to Adidas next season.

The striker has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, but he will have to wait until at least January to secure a move after they had their transfer ban upheld.

AC Milan have also registered an interest in Costa, but his £185,000-a-week wages are proving to be a sticking point.

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