This has certainly managed to disrupt what was promising to be a sleepy, standard, pre-match Friday as Chelsea geared up to head out to Leicester. But that was before the BLAZING ROW, or whatever non-DailyMail, non-sensationalist equivalent we want to call it. There’s definitely something uncouth happening.
Multiple sources have now confirmed that Diego Costa has been dropped for tomorrow’s match against Leicester City. Whether that’s because of the injury or the bust-up over the injury doesn’t really matter in the immediate sense.
Can confirm reports that Costa has been left out of #Cfc squad for tomorrow's game...just the start of this story. Big boost for #lcfc— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) January 13, 2017
But it does matter in the long-term, especially if the manner of it happening in real life was anything close to what has actually been reported.
The repeated mentions of a massive bid from China are also concerning, as previously we really only had to worry about the inevitable reunion with Simeone at Atlético (which now may not be a thing anymore considering the uncertainty regarding Simeone’s future in Madrid).
Can confirm Diego Costa has been dropped for Leicester after row & there is a big offer from China. Full @ESPNFC story to follow #cfc— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) January 13, 2017
He's being offered £576,000 per WEEK by Chinese Superleague club.— Jim White (@JimWhite) January 13, 2017
BREAKING: Sky Sources: Costa has not trained for three days after becoming unsettled by £30m-a-year offer from club in China #SSNHQ— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) January 13, 2017
After the argument at #Chelsea's training ground, Antonio Conte reportedly shouted 'go to China' at Diego Costa. [Sky Italia]— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) January 13, 2017
WELL GO TO CHINA THEN.
I mean, that’s kind of funny. Can’t wait to laugh about it wholeheartedly once all this blows over.
Despite the argument, there is no chance of Diego Costa leaving #Chelsea in the January transfer window. [Sky Italia]— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) January 13, 2017