Chelsea have described claims head coach Antonio Conte is forcing striker Diego Costa out of the club as “just nonsense”.
A lawyer purported to represent Costa threatened Chelsea with legal action over the striker’s future.
A Chelsea spokesman said on Friday: “The premise the lawyer has put forward is just wrong.
“The decision on Diego was made back in January. The player knew the decision, his agent knew the decision, clearly the lawyer has not been well informed.
“The lawyer’s argument that Antonio as a coach has forced the player out by text message in June is just nonsense.”
Costa, his agent Jorge Mendes and Chelsea decided in January that the striker would be leaving the Blues in the summer.
The 28-year-old was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League during last season’s winter transfer window and was left out of the Blues’ squad for January’s trip to Leicester as rumours of tensions with Conte surfaced.