‘Go to China’, Conte blasts Costa
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been dropped for Saturday’s game at Leicester after a row with manager Antonio Conte, UK media reported on Friday.
Costa, who leads the Premier League with 14 goals, didn’t train the past three days after a bust-up with two fitness coaches over an injury that developed into a heated exchange with Conte, the Telegraph reported in its website.
Sky Sports said Costa has become unsettled by an offer of 30 million pounds (37 million dollars) per year from a team in the Chinese Super League and that Conte ended their row by telling him to “Go to China.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has no intention of selling Costa, who has two and a half years left on his contract, and will not be pressured into doing so, according to the BBC.
Chelsea top the table by five points over Liverpool as they look to rebound from a loss at Tottenham in their last league match that ended a 13-game winning streak.