Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has asked the current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to mend fences with Spain striker Diego Costa in the interest of all concerned at the club.
Costa has been in his native Brazil and has refused to return to England as directed by the Chelsea management as his relationship with Conte has gone sour and culminated in the Italian manager sending a text to Costa to alert him that he is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge.
Gullit however believes Conte should be the one to make a peace move.
“It’s all been instigated about what happened with Diego Costa,” Gullit told BBC Radio 5live.
“It’s a little bit strange that you hear at the end of the season that you’re not welcome, and now he’s training somewhere in Brazil.
“That’s not good for Costa, not good for the club, not good for anyone. [It was] not very wise to do. You don’t do that.
“I think it is a mistake by Conte and I hope that he has learnt from it. He still has the possibility to do something about it, just go to him and say, ‘I’m sorry that I did it, you have to come back, we will talk’.
“You need to see each other face to face. You don’t need to like each other, but you need to respect each other.
“If he doesn’t want to come back then you have to find the best solution for the club.”
Costa scored 20 times for Chelsea as they won the Premier League last season but insists he is only willing to play for his former Atletico Madrid where he claims he is respected.
Atletico are however under a transfer ban and will not be able to field a new player until January 2018.