The duo were quizzed on the future of the striker on The Debate after the Spain international gave an interview with the Daily Mail saying he would go on strike to seal a move away from Stamford Bridge.
Costa is currently in his home country of Brazil, but Townsend says he should be back at Chelsea to try and make any potential move go through quicker as well as being fit for action at a new club.
“As a player, if he wanted to get under Conte’s skin and get out of the club, he should have come back. He should be here with a big smile on his face every day,” the former Blues midfielder told The Debate.
“Conte looks like the type of man that thinks ‘if you get in the way of what I really want to do every day, you are going to bug me and annoy me’. And I’d be knocking on the owner’s door asking him to take the problem away.
“But sitting in Brazil, he’s not a problem to Conte. If a move happens tomorrow, are you telling me he’s in the best shape to turn up at a new club and start playing? Of course he’s not.
“I think the player has done this wrong. Forget the text, so what if he was hurt by it? He should have come back, he should get himself ready to go but he should make it absolutely clear to Conte that he doesn’t want to stay and play for him.
“If he said that, I’m sure things would start moving a bit quicker. All of this bravado from the other side of the world isn’t getting him anywhere quick. Do your work, do your training, pick your wages up, appear to be a good pro on the face of it and be ready for selection but you can make it loud and clear in other ways that your time is done.
“The communication here has got so lost along the line. To be champions one minute and when there is a dearth of fantastic No 9’s around the world, he is one of them. As an asset, Chelsea are losing millions on this guy. It defies any logic really.”
His sentiments were echoed by former striker Wright, who says Costa has shown ‘terrible professionalism’ by choosing to stay in Brazil and should go about the situation in a different way.
“He should be back at Chelsea training. It says in his contract that you have to be there fit and ready if selected whatever happens,” he said.
“I don’t know if somewhere along the line, that’s gone out of the window with players because as soon as they don’t want to be there, they go on strike. He’s still in Brazil and the season has started and he’s not fit. He should have reported back for pre-season and it is terrible professionalism.
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