Blues axe top-scorer Diego Costa


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Chelsea have left striker Diego Costa out of their squad for Saturday’s evening clash with Leicester following a reported dispute with the coaching staff.

It’s understood that Costa has not trained for three days and as a result the Blues’ staff have decided he is not ready for the trip to face defending champions Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Reports also claim that the former Atletico Madrid man is the subject of an offer from an unnamed Chinese Super League outfit.

Chelsea, who are priced at 1.73 to win the Premier League, have declined to comment on any bid but it’s claimed that Costa has been offered a deal worth a staggering £30million-a-year, while the bid is said to be in the region of £80million.

The 28-year-old has been key to helping the Stamford Bridge side lead the way in the Premier League this term with 14 goals and five assists to his name.

Costa is currently contracted to the west London club until the summer of 2019 and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not interested in allowing his star man to depart.

The Brazilian-born Spain international revealed earlier this month that he considered leaving over the summer but in the end opted against returning to the Vicente Calderon with Atleti.

The Blues were hopeful of getting Costa to pen a contract extension in the near future but following his recent dispute with fitness coach Julio Tous it may now become more difficult.

Antonio Conte may now turn to summer signing Michy Batshuayi to lead the line in Saturday’s clash with Leicester as he looks to ensure his side can get back to winning ways in the Premier League, following the 2-0 defeat at Spurs.

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