Oh, Diego Costa.
Just when it was all going so well for the hot-headed adopted Spaniard, firing Chelsea to the Premier League’s summit, he had to throw a typical Costa-shaped spanner into the works by getting into an argument with a fitness coach and apparently pushing for a move to the Chinese Super League.
No one doubts the former Atletico star’s ability; he now boasts 46 goals in 73 top flight appearances for the Blues and is on course to fire them to a second Premier League title in the space of three seasons; but the negative aspects of his personality – the on-pitch temper tantrums, the bib-throwing touchline antics, the general desire to cause controversy and wind people up – are equally without question.
So considering one Chinese club are apparently prepared to pay £80million for his services, selling mid-title-bid might not be as ridiculous as it initially sounds. In fact, that’s what the majority of Chelsea fans would do, 57%, according to the results from FootballFanCast’s exclusive poll…
Unfortunately, however, it appears Chelsea have other ideas. According to Sky Sports, Costa is back in contention to start against Hull City on Sunday, having returned to training after holding ‘amicable’ talks with the club’s power brokers.