Following reports last month of Chelsea wanting to give Costa a new contract and then of Costa being receptive to said contract extension, here come reports from the Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror that Diego Costa will be offered a new contract by the club. Chelsea will be offering Diego a two-year extension on his current deal, upping his wages to £200,000-per-week.
Diego reportedly earns £150,000-per-week on his contract signed at his arrival from Atlético Madrid back in summer 2014. The contract only runs out in 2019, but Chelsea want to tie him to the club until 2021.
The Brazilian-Spanish striker has scored 26 goals since Boxing Day last year, and is currently leading the Premier League goalscoring charts with 13 goals in 17 matches. He has also made massive improvements in discipline, going 11 games without picking up a yellow card after accumulating 4 in 6 games to start the season — the run was cut short last weekend in our game against Crystal Palace.
Given his success, it’s only understandable that Chelsea are keen to keep Diego around the club for as long as possible. The extensions would also serve to shut down (at least for a little while) any rumours linking Diego to a return to Atlético, as it's been custom ever since the player switched allegiances. Many of those rumours depended on Costa’s supposed unhappiness in London, but that no longer seems to be the case (or at least rumours of said unhappiness have died down).
Costa has been key to our title aspirations this year, just as he was two years ago, and by the looks of it, he will remain an integral part of our plans for a while longer.