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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.”

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Ex Manchester United and Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince shared his opinion about a Diego Costa’s potential move to China:

“You also have Diego Costa at Chelsea. He’s scoring goals and enjoying his football, yet he’s still open to leaving for China,” Ince wrote in his blog for Paddy Power.

“Why? £2m a month tax free is an obvious attraction, but that doesn’t substitute for winning medals and performing with the very elite in your game. That’s just pure greed.

“Whether it’s now or at of the season that isn’t the point. Costa is 28 years old. He could play at Chelsea for the next two years, earn good money, and still go to China when he’s 30. Carlos Tevez has just made the switch and he’s 32.”


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Diego Costa shows his passion celebrating the winner against WBA © Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea striker Diego Costa is in the middle of a transfer market saga after receiving a couple of stunning offers from China even if, officially, he was dropped for Leicester clash and trained alone for a week because of back pain.

The Spanish forward came back to train with the rest of the squad today and posted this picture on his Instagram profile to share his joy:

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Blues legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared his opinion about Diego Costa‘s future at Chelsea:

“I think only Costa can keep Costa happy, I don’t think Chelsea are going to keep him happy,” the ex forward told Sky Sports.

“He’s playing the best football of his career, of course he’s going to get other clubs interested, it’s just the nature of the game, and Chelsea will have to deal with that.

“It’s how he takes it further. He might want to leave, but if he keeps on doing the business on Saturday there’s no problem there.

“The team is the most important thing, and Chelsea need to do the right thing for Chelsea.

“The boy is under contract and we all know Costa is a very important player in the Chelsea set-up, especially in counter-attacking, bullying and leading the front line.”

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Sky Sports transfer market expert Aidan Magee insists that Diego Costa wants a Chelsea exit, but the club is trying to convince to stay at least until the summer.

According to the Sky Sports journalist sources the Spaniard is demanding a wage rise to the club to accept an extension, using the offers he recently received from China to obtain it:

“Diego Costa has returned to training,” Magee said while speaking on the Transfer Centre.

“We’re told talks with Antonio Conte were amicable.

“Our information is Costa would like to extend his Chelsea contract but only if his wages are doubled to £300,000-a-week.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa hinted at possible move of Brazilian star Kenedy, who is said to be set to join Flamengo on loan.

ESPN claimed that the Brazilian side are interested in signing the 20-year-old after he returned from Watford season-long loan last month.

Kenedy struggled to make an impact at Vicarage Road as he featured just once under new manager Walter Mazzarri.

Anyway, Diego Costa wrote ‘Okay man, good luck at Mengao’ on a live video posted on Instagram by Kenedy himself today.


Kenedy was signed by Chelsea in a £6.3 million move from Fluminense in 2015.

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Chelsea loanee and Burkina Faso forward Bertrand Traore believes that many African players will follow in the footsteps of Nigerian star John Obi Mikel, who joined Tianjin TEDA last week.

Also former Traore’s Chelsea teammate Oscar completed his move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG. 

“The important thing is to find a club where the football project is big, interesting and you really feel wanted, – the Ajax striker (on season-long loan from Chelsea) told BBC Sport - Jon and Oscar have found this and I am happy for them. It is interesting Drogba may now go to Brazil, too.”

“I am always pleased when I am playing for Chelsea, but you cannot always pick and choose which club to play for. Playing in different countries is always a good thing if you feel wanted because then you will feel happy,”

The 21-year-old is now playing in the African Nations Cup with Burkina-Faso.

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Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane spoke again after his side’s 4-0 win against West Bromwich last time out, when the England international star scored an hat-trick.

When asked over Spurs’ real chances to lift Premier League title this season, Kane claimed: “Definitely, we came very close last year, that was a great experience to be part of”.

“I think we have got better as a team and grown as a team, and we can hopefully use that experience to help us this year”.

“We are on great form, high on confidence, so if we continue that there is no reason why we cannot win it.”

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Chinese Super League newly promoted side Tianjin Quanjian are confident that they can land Chelsea striker Diego Costa in this transfer market window.

Meanwhile, president Shu Yuhui confirmed interest also in other European top class strikers besides Costa, after completing the signing of Axel Witsel from Zenit St Petersburg a few weeks ago.

Shu told Tianjin Sports Channel: “I made an appointment with agent Jorge Mendes and he came to my hometown to visit me. At that time, we were interested in signing Costa,”  

“PSG have told us Cavani would only be allowed to leave in June, even though the player himself was willing to join us. The same can be said for Costa because Chelsea also only let him leave in June. However, the new season of CSL will almost reach the halfway stage in June, we can’t wait so long”.

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“Our club had a massive investment plan for the new season but it was tightened up by the new rules”.

“We need an out-and-out striker so we made a bid for Benzema. We also made an attempt for Falcao”.

“As a matter of fact, the club had even prepared the contracts for Falcao and Raul Jimenez. We had already reached agreement with them on wages and bonus”.

“The pair were expected to sign the contracts, but the new rules forced us to give up on them.”

It is understood the Chinese side are keeping tabs also on Fiorentina star Nikola Kalinic.


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Photos emerged of Diego Costa training on his own at Cobham today, as the Spanish striker is trying to recover from his back problem that made him skip the clash at Leicester last Saturday.

Anyway, these pictures are add further fuel to fire as the ex Atletico Madrid forward allegedly received a super offer from a couple of Chinese Super League sides, Tianjin Quanjian and Jiangsu Suning, that seemed to distract him, leading also to a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and a fitness coach.

It’s also reported that Costa will discuss his future with the Blues boss in a personal meeting tomorrow.

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