Diego Costa has vowed “he will never change his ways” and insists his controversial style has the support of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Costa, who also insists he’s not a “cry baby”, has also protested his innocence despite being hit with the second retrospective ban of his Blues career for clashing with Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny last month.
Breaking his silence on last month’s incident at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea star Costa said: “I have 100 per cent support from my manager, from the club and from the Chelsea fans.
“So other people, other opinions, I don’t care, I’m not really bothered. I will not change unless my manager or the people from my club or my supporters tell me so.
“No, I don’t need to change. Because I have done nothing wrong. During my football career, many, many times other players have done stuff to me, like kick me but I am not a cry baby.
“So I think the supporters saw that was unfair and so the supporters, the manager and the club have given me a lot of support.”
And striker Costa insisted he has no fears about becoming a marked man among referees after being punished again for an incident originally missed by the officials.
He said: “I had never had any problems with officials. None of the bans that I have had, have been down to problems with officials.
“Sometimes I get booked. But that is part of the game it is just normal. I am just hoping that they see me differently now.
“But I think they are very professional and they will keep going the same way.”
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