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Chelsea players take 'peacemaker' role as Costa makes China decision — reports

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The latest chapter in the ongoing bust-up saga

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Diego Costa has been left out of the Chelsea squad for tonight’s match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, following a supposed bust-up with the coaching staff regarding his fitness. Adding further drama to the situation is the reported interest by Chinese football (and money), which is believed to have served as a catalyst for the 'blazing row' between player and the club's staff.

According to a Telegraph exclusive, Chelsea players led by John Terry and Cesc Fàbregas have taken it upon themselves to act as “peacemakers” and have urged Diego to apologize for the incident, to wait until summer to make any decision regarding his status and future at Chelsea, and to focus firmly on helping Chelsea win the Premier League title.

Costa and Chelsea are “likely to hold talks” next week to clear everything up, as it is highly unlikely that Chelsea will be letting go of one of their best players in the winter transfer window — even if silly amounts of cash are involved. For what it’s worth, reports in Brazil are claiming that Costa himself has rejected the Chinese offer already.

While Costa is out for tonight’s match (he is supposed to be injured, after all, beyond all this drama), hopefully the situation will be resolved without affecting team spirit and the team’s results too much.