Costa Begs Conte
The British media is reporting that eccentric Chelsea striker, Diego Costa has made up with his manager, Antonio Conte and could be back in the Chelsea starting line-up against Hull on Sunday.
The 28-year-old striker — whose 14 goals this season has spurred Chelsea to a seven-point lead at the top of the table — was pictured at the club’s training ground hugging fitness coach Julio Tous, with whom apparently he had a row last week over the level of his fitness and amid reports of a big-money offer from China.
The Spanish international also trained with the rest of the squad having trained on his own at the start of the week.
Both the volatile Brazil-born star and Conte claimed he had a back injury after he was omitted from the squad for last Saturday’s 3-0 win over champions Leicester.
However, Costa was also said to have had his head turned by a bid from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, who were reportedly willing to offer him £30 million (35m euros, $37m) a year.
“I can tell you if there are problems –- and I repeat ‘if’ -– with players, I am used to solving them in the changing rooms, not outside, not in press conferences,” Conte said after the win over Leicester.
“Trust me, what I told you is the truth (about the back injury).”