The squad unity that has been praised for Chelsea’s resurgence this season has been thrown into turmoil following a reported burst up between Diego Costa and Antonio Conte.

It all started with the reported interest in Costa’s services from China, leaving the Spaniard unsettled at the London club as the Chinese Super League club is willing to make him the highest footballer in the world.

Costa’s reaction to this interest might have led to his actions in Chelsea’s training on Tuesday. Costa appeared in training complaining of pains in his lower-back region.

Conte quickly instructed his medical team to have his star striker checked. When they did, they were unconvinced by Costa’s complains, leaving the Premier League highest goalscorer fuming.


Another report stated that Costa then stormed off Chelsea’s training ground shouting “they are all f*cking rentmates, everyone of those Chelsea bastards”.

Though Chelsea had plans to offer the striker a new deal before the summer, the new £30m a year offer from China may be too much for Costa to resist. After all he dumped a Brazil hosting the world cup for a participating Spain.

Costa’s current actions betrays his earlier comments in December that he is happy at Chelsea, which was the reason he didn’t return to Atletico Madrid despite the team’s poor form and position.

He said: “Yes, yes. I was about to leave. I was about to… but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that.

“I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things – the family, the life I have there… but not because of Chelsea, because, here, there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m very happy. I’m very content.

“There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be, and I continue happy here.

“It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre