The saga continues at Chelsea as Diego Costa has been told to apologise to his the backroom staff if he is to have any chance of playing in the foreseeable future. It follows after an altercation between the striker and members of the Chelsea backroom staff, including Conte. As a result, Costa was omitted from the matchday squad which will travel to Leicester on Saturday evening.
What sparked the argument is yet to be confirmed by the club but speculation suggests that the Brazilian-born player was unsettled by a monumental salary offer from China. It was later reported that the Premier League top goalscorer was the subject of a transfer offer by CSL outfit, Tianjin Quanjian.
Sky Sports journalist, Kaveh Solhekol, claimed that the disagreement concluded by Antonio Conte shouting "Go to China" to the striker.
Diego Costa bust up at Chelsea ended with head coach Antonio Conte shouting at him: "Go to China!" #CFC
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 13, 2017
According to The Telegraph, Diego Costa has been told by teammates at Chelsea to apologise for his actions and focus on winning a second league title with the club.
The 'exclusive' report states:
But that has not stopped Costa’s team-mates trying to act as peacemakers by telling the striker to say sorry for the incident and ignore the interest from China – at least until the summer.
Costa has been told that he will regret his actions and that he should concentrate on firing Chelsea to the title, and then reassess his future in the summer if he is still unhappy.
Those of you with a keen eye for detail would have noticed Diego Costa's most recent Instagram post displayed him celebrating with Pedro following a goal against Tottenham with the caption, "Come on Chelsea!!". It was later liked by Cesc Fabregas and John Terry, so make of that what you will.
Diego Costa has regained his form this season and is a key reason as to why the Blues are currently on top of the Premier League table, having scored 14 goals.