During today’s press conference to preview Hull City clash Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was asked, again, about Diego Costa’s future:
“I think now it’s important to be concentrated on the present, not the future, we have to be strong now, then we see. He is not distracted, he is a good player, a good person, he just missed one game, the last one, but now he’s ready to come back with us. He’s back to fight until the end, to fight to win the title.
The Spanish striker was officially out last week for back pain but was also the protagonist of many speculations of a possible move to China after a huge offer came to him:
“Diego is available, he trained very well, he’s fit, he doesn’t have pain in his back, so he is available,” the Italian coach revealed in the beginning of his press conference.
“Sunday and Monday he trained with a fitness coach to join us again on Tuesday, he restarted to train and he did it very well, to prepare his coming back on Tuesday, he did it only to prepare his body to have a good session on Tuesday.”
Conte was asked if he had a private chat with Costa to discuss his situation:
“I have chats with my players every week, single meetings and all together.
“I think Diego wants to stay at Chelsea, he’s very happy with us, this idea [to move] is very far in his mind, he’s happy to stay here. I don’t see any problem about him.
“After the game against Leicester I told you the truth[ about Costa], I read a lot of speculations about Diego, the most important thing now is that he trains with us. Diego is an important player for us and we all know this.
“I will see on Sunday if I will start him against Hull City.”