‘Diego Costa is trying to get himself SACKED, that’s the reality of it’

first_imgJoey Barton claims Diego Costa is trying to force Chelsea to sack him.The Spain international striker is currently in self-imposed exile in his native Brazil and is refusing to return to Stamford Bridge after falling out with manager Antonio Conte.And Barton, who was co-hosting the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday morning, reckons the 28-year-old is aiming to force his way out of the west London club.“I think [Diego] Costa is trying to get himself sacked, that’s the reality of it,” he said. “If he gets sacked that frees him to get the move he wants to Atletico Madrid. It’s wrong but this is what happens when you sign players from far-flung places, they’ve got no attachment.“He’s never going to live in London, he’s going to go and live in Spain or Brazil, and he wants out. He thinks he’s been disrespectfully treated by Chelsea and Conte and the way they’ve handled it [the situation]. Didn’t they tell him via text he’s not needed?“No matter what you say about Costa he’s been good for Chelsea for the last couple of years. He arguably won them the league last season, among other players, and he’s really disillusioned with Chelsea’s behaviour towards him.”last_img read more

Arsenal make contact with managerial target as hunt for new head coach continues

first_imgMillwall vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 19:45) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORTHuddersfield vs Leeds (Saturday, 12:30) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Burnley (Saturday 15:00) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30) – talkSPORTWest Brom vs Swansea (Sunday, 12:00) – talkSPORT 2 Former Valencia manager Marcelino has been contacted by Arsenal about becoming their new head coach, according to reports.The Gunners are on the lookout for a new boss following last week’s sacking of Unai Emery. 2 LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Unai Emery was given his marching orders last week 2 Arsenal legend Freddie Ljungberg has been placed in temporary charge while the club look for a permanent successor to Emery.Ljungberg’s first game in the dugout ended in a 2-2 draw with relegation-threatened Norwich on Sunday, and he will be in charge when Brighton visit the Emirates tomorrow evening.The hunt for Emery’s long-term replacement continues, and Goal claim Marcelino is high on Arsenal’s wishlist with contact already made.The report adds the Spaniard ‘kindly declined’ Everton’s advances last month as they also search for a possible successor to Marco Silva. Toffees boss Silva is under huge pressure at Goodison Park with his side 17th in the table after 14 games.Marcelino has been out of work since being controversially sacked by Valencia in September, despite guiding them to a top four finish and Copa del Rey final triumph over Barcelona last season.He was Valencia’s most successful manager since Rafa Benitez, who won two LaLiga titles in 2002 and 2004. Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has also been heavily linked with the Arsenal vacancy, with club legend David Seaman backing him for the job.The Argentine has admitted his desire to return to management in Europe.He told Fox Sports Argentina: “There are a lot of clubs and attractive projects for me to take on. It is my intention to return to manage in Europe.“But now I need to be calm for a few days and see what happens.” Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… Marcelino was hugely popular with Valencia fans last_img read more