Costa’s Chelsea future in doubt after Conte row

Matt Stead

Diego Costa’s future at Chelsea is in considerable doubt after the striker engaged in a ‘blazing row’ with manager Antonio Conte.

Costa will not feature for the Premier League leaders against champions Leicester on Saturday after arguing with Conte earlier in the week.

The Daily Mail report that the two had a heated disagreement over a supposed injury, with Costa claiming to have problems with his back that could be linked to the hamstring issues he has suffered throughout his career.

Chelsea’s medical staff ‘are not convinced’ by Costa’s complaints however, and Conte is backing their stance.

‘The disagreement has led to a falling out between Costa, Conte and club physios with the striker not backing their methods,’ writes Sami Mokbel.

‘The Blues were planning to offer Costa a new contract but the development casts significant doubt over that possibility.’

The report goes on to claim that Costa’s representatives are now investigating the possibility of joining a club in the Chinese Super League.

The 28-year-old almost departed Stamford Bridge in the summer, before being persuaded to stay by Conte.

He has scored 14 goals in 19 Premier League games this season, but his future is now uncertain.