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Chelsea not looking to sell Diego Costa

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In the red corner, it's Marca and The Sun and all the bad weather and strange language and greasy bland food on offer in London.  In the blue corner, it's The Guardian and the Telegraph and the Evening Standard and all the common sense one could ever muster in these trying Silly Season times.

No, Chelsea are not looking to sell Diego Costa.  While it's plausible that Costa hasn't completely settled in England just yet — all sources mention his break-up with his girlfriend concurrent with (because of?) the move to London, and the fact that he still doesn't speak a lick of English, and his nagging injury issues — he has hardly shown any effects of any such issues on the pitch.  If this is Costa playing unsettled, we're in for extreme greatness once he does settle.

The counter-narrative to Costa leaving goes something like this.  Chelsea will protect Diego (from injuries, from himself) this summer by giving him a nice long vacation.  No Spain duty, either.  We are apparently still going ahead with the plan to not repair his hamstrings using surgical means, but rather manage it through a program of strengthening and fitness.  Dom Fifield of The Guardian even goes as far as to bring up Chelsea giving Diego "pscyhological" support to ensure a full recovery from his fitness issues.  Though I have yet to see any evidence of confidence issues on the pitch from our 20-goal man.

Costa played about 30 minutes in Saturday's friendly in Thailand and was withdrawn due to tiredness.  He is set to start today's friendly in Australia.  And then, it's vacation time!