Costa left out after Chinese reports
Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea was thrown into doubt after he was left out of the squad for today’s Premier League match away to champions Leicester City.
Costa did not travel with the rest of the squad for tonight’s fixture.
The Blues declined to comment on reports that the 28-year-old forward had a disagreement with head coach Antonio Conte and his coaching staff and has been training alone this week.
Conte yesterday afternoon said he had some undisclosed doubts for the game but mentioned no names or reasons for potential absences.
He was also asked about Dimitri Payet telling West Ham he wanted a move.
“I read about this situation,” Conte said. “It’s very difficult for me to talk about another player, of another team.
“For my club, for my players to solve our problem if there are problems, it’s important.”
Costa has been prolific this season for a Chelsea side five points clear at the top of the table entering this weekend’s fixtures, scoring 14 goals in 19 Premier League games.
This month he was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, with the accompanying astronomical wages.
It was rumoured Tianjin Quanjian were prepared to bid £80million and Costa’s future could be the main talking point of the winter transfer window, which closes on January 31.
Costa signed a five-year deal on his arrival from Atletico Madrid in July 2014 for £32million, so has two-and-a-half years to run. Chelsea, and club owner Roman Abramovich, could therefore resist Costa’s agitating for a move.
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