Following a row with manager Antonio Conte, Diego Costa was dropped from Chelsea’s squad when the team played Leicester City.
It is believed that he didn’t train with the first-team over the second half of last week after he received a £30 million per year offer from a club in the Chinese Super League.
It is thought that he was unsettled by the approach from China with an offer that would make him one of the highest paid players in the world. Following that he became involved in an argument with two fitness coaches.
It was reported that Conte then stepped in and there are reports that the following argument ended with the Italian shouting, “Go to China!”
Nonetheless, there have been reports that owner Roman Abramovich has no intention of selling the player who still has two and a half years remaining on his contract.
Despite the argument Costa did express support for his team on Friday night when he posted a photo from the team’s win over Tottenham back in November. The picture was accompanied by the caption, “Come on Chelsea!!!” and a heart emoticon.
Costa has been extremely impressive this season and is currently the league’s top scorer with 14 goals. There are now fears that the blow-up could affect the team’s title bid.
Costa has been a core component of the team well and there are fears that if they lose him things will fall apart in a wider sense. As a result commentators say that it is essential he stays until the end of the season and that the team needs to find a way to make him happy.
Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £32m in 2014 and the 28-year-old has scored 50 goals for the team in all competitions.