Diego Costa focused on Chelsea despite likely departure, says Antonio Conte

• Conte happy with striker despite his expected departure for China
• Winning more important than keeping players like Fàbregas ‘happy’

Antonio Conte claims not to have discerned any shift in Diego Costa’s focus despite the striker’s anticipated summer departure for the Chinese Super League, and the Chelsea manager is urging all his players to concentrate solely on the final weeks of the team’s pursuit of a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Tianjin Quanjian, who had attempted to secure Costa’s services mid-season, are expected to sign the forward in a deal worth up to £76m this summer. The Spain international, who turns 29 in October and is contracted through to 2019 at Stamford Bridge, would become the best-paid player in the Chinese Super League. Sources close to the player say no deal has, as yet, been signed but there is a sense at Chelsea that such a mind-boggling offer would be accepted for a striker who has, at times, proved rather high-maintenance.

Continue reading...

About the Author

Comments are closed.