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Diego Costa rejected £200k Chelsea contract extension prior to bust-up — report

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Chelsea and Conte (and Costa?) may be looking to move on from the media-storm generated by the supposed training ground bust-up between head coach and star striker last week, but there are still more details coming to light. According to a report from the Times, for example, Diego supposedly rejected a £200,000 per-week contract renewal offer from Chelsea before the quarrel.

The £200,000 per-week deal, which has been rumoured to be in the cards for a while, would represent a £50,000 bump on his current earnings. Why would he reject it? Apparently, Costa received an offer from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian to the tune of £570,000-per-week, which was first reported this weekend.

While Conte and the rest of the squad remain adamant that Diego missed our 3-0 win over Leicester City merely due to a back problem, the Times and other media continue to push the claim that the main reason behind is the offer from the Chinese Super League.

Somebody’s not telling the truth, or at least not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The “bust-up” was initially reported as purely a fitness issue, but has now completely morphed into a financial one — neither of which make complete sense. Is the media massively misinterpreting or extrapolating from the scant information available? Is Costa’s agent, Jorge Mendes playing some typical Jorge Mendes games? Is the CRISIS just beginning rather than ready to be over?

Stay tuned...