Just when pundits and fans alike we believing the title race to be done and dusted, Antonio Conte’s band of hungry title chasers have been dealt a Diego Costa shaped suckerpunch.
With the side facing off against Champions Leicester City this weekend, the clubs infamous anti-hero Costa was left out of the squad at the behest of Conte after an argument ensued relating to the Spaniard’s fitness.
Various media outlets have reported that Conte and his medical staff are at loggerheads with the striker after complaining about a back injury, the result, according to the player, of repeated hamstring issues. With the clubs Italian manager siding with his medical staff over their doubts of such analysis, the pair have proceeded to fall out in the grandest of manners.
Indeed, here’s the final fiery words that escaped Conte’s mouth at the end of the interchange.
Diego Costa bust up at Chelsea ended with head coach Antonio Conte shouting at him: "Go to China!" #CFC
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 13, 2017
What Conte is alluding to there is the fact that his in-form striker is currently being courted by various mega rich Chinese Super League, potential deals that could see Costa being made the most well payed footballer on the planet.
With a admittedly decent £60m-£80m bait used to pry him away, Chelsea will certainly not thank the timing of the move after an enthralling opening half of the season. Saying that, Blue’s fans might be welcoming a certain Antoine Griezmann to the squad slightly faster than expected.