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Chelsea silent on Costa-Conte bust-up reports

Chelsea silent on Costa-Conte bust-up reports”

Chelsea are also aware that Costa has received a staggering offer from China, with at least one club telling the Spain worldwide that they are willing to pay him £30 million-a-year net for him to leave Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte has created a Premier League record by becoming the first coach to win three consecutive Manager of the Month awards.

Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by Omnisport but the reports are likely to fuel speculation that Costa could leave Stamford Bridge.

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This can come in as a huge threat to Chelsea's title hopes, as Costa is the leading scorer in the league with 14 goals in 19 appearances. Chelsea have no obvious replacement for Costa but Conte has still made a decision to do without him. In October, the two fiery characters reportedly clashed following a win over Leicester.

Batshuayi is a loan target of West Ham, his former club Marseille, Paris Saint-Germain and Lille, but Conte will be even more reluctant to let him go if there are any lingering problems surrounding Costa.

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Remarkably, it seems as though Diego Costa is eager to abandon Chelsea's title race in order to join the growing number of players securing their financial security for life by playing in the Chinese Super League.

He was signed from Atletico Madrid for £32m in 2014 and has scored 50 goals for Chelsea in all competitions.

MailOnline Sport report that the 28-year-old has fallen out with Conte over what he believes to be a lower back injury, which could be tied to his long-term hamstring issues; but the club's medical staff has cast doubt over the veracity of his injury claims. Cesc Fabregas has also played as a false nine for Spain and can be tested in the position again for the club.

Just when you think the Premier League title race is getting a bit boring, with Chelsea romping away at the top, the January transfer window always manages to throw a spanner into the works. The 6 feet 5 inches tall striker has previously worked with Conte at Juventus and his physical presence at top makes him an attractive option for the Italian manager.

January and early February could certainly be defining moments of the season for Chelsea, given that they have to travel to second-placed Liverpool on 31st January and then host London rivals Arsenal the following week.

Despite previous flashpoints under Conte this season, Costa's behaviour had improved markedly until the latest incident.



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