Blues troops Conte and Costa reach truce

January 16, 2017

DIEGO COSTA is ready to call a truce with Chelsea and stay until the end of the season.

But the unsettled striker has told pals he will not sign a new deal.

Costa has had a row with a Chelsea fitness coach
Costa has had a row with a Chelsea fitness coach

Costa is under contract until 2019 and Chelsea have already offered a big pay rise on his £150,000-a-week wages in return for a long-term commitment.

But the lure of £30million a year from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian plus a bust-up with a Blues fitness coach has convinced Costa his future lies elsewhere.

Boss Antonio Conte will hold talks with his sulking star later this week to try to put last week’s flashpoint behind them but even if successful, it will only delay his inevitable departure in the summer.

Spain striker Costa was dropped from the squad which won 3-0 at Leicester on Saturday as punishment for his training-ground row.

He was also sent home to train alone. Costa, 28, was back at the training ground yesterday on his own while team-mates enjoyed two days off.

A furious Antonio Conte sent the striker home to train by himselfA furious Antonio Conte sent the striker home to train by himself
The Chinese club have already splashed out on Axel Witsel this month
Costa was interested in joining Axel Witsel at Tianjin Quanjian
But the striker now looks set to stay at Chelsea until the summer
But the striker now looks set to stay at Chelsea until the summer

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He was also having treatment for a back problem which Conte claimed ruled him out of the Foxes match.

The striker is expected to be fit and available for the next match — at home to struggling Hull this Sunday.

However, the Blues are braced for a formal offer for their leading scorer this week, although they insist he will not leave during this current transfer window.

Conte said: “I understand about the money but I don’t think these offers are a threat to our league.

“The Premier League is the first in the world because of a lot of positive things. Money is not all.”

 SOURCE: thesun.co.uk

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