Liverpool handed a massive boost in their title hopes as Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Blues squad to face Leicester on Saturday after a dispute with a coach over his fitness.
Chelsea’s Premier League title bid has been hit by a new Diego Costa row on the back of the striker becoming the latest Premier League star to receive a huge offer from China that would make him one of the highest-paid players in the world.
According to BBC Sports, head coach Antonio Conte has dropped Costa for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Leicester City in which leaders Chelsea are looking to bounce back from the defeat against Tottenham Hotspur that ended their 13-game winning run.
Costa did not train with the rest of the squad for the past three days after a bust up over an injury with a club fitness coach, which developed into a heated row with Conte. Sources claim Conte shouted ‘go to China’ and Costa did not travel to Leicester.
Chelsea are also aware that he has received a staggering offer from China, with at least one club telling the Spain international that they are willing to pay him £30 million-a-year net to lure him from Stamford Bridge.
That would put Costa on £576,923 a week, not far behind the world’s highest-paid player Carlos Tevez, who signed for Shanghai Shenhua on around £615,000 a week.
“Everything has been smooth sailing for Chelsea up to now. Imagine the faces of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham. This is what they have been waiting for.” – Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas told BBC Radio 5 live.
He may be out in the cold, but the Spanish international has taken to Instagram to post a message of support to his teammates ahead of their trip to Leicester.
Chelsea officials are remaining tight-lipped over the situation which threatens to see their title challenge implode.
The league leaders are five points clear and Conte is now expected to use Eden Hazard as his centre-forward against the champions.