Chelsea have suggested that Diego Costa will remain at the club beyond the summer after including the striker’s image on billboards as part of a Stamford Bridge revamp, reports the Daily Star.
What’s the latest?
As we all know, Costa has been a target for the money giants over in the Chinese Super League this month.
Tianjin Quanjian owner Shu Yuhui recently revealed that talks had been held with Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes regarding a potential switch, but Chelsea were adamant that the forward would not be leaving in January.
Behind the scenes there seemed to be some conflict, with Costa being dropped from the squad who overcame Leicester City 3-0 last weekend due to an apparent back issue.
According to The Telegraph, Costa had a training ground bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and a fitness coach, with the Italian allegedly shouting, “Go to China!” during the row.
The Brazil-born Spain international spent the next few days training alone, but has since returned to the fold and is likely to be available for Chelsea’s home game against Hull on Sunday.
Now, reports the Daily Star, fans will be encouraged by the club’s use of Costa’s image on new advertising boards around Stamford Bridge.
Is this a genuine sign Costa is staying?
Well, it seems to indicate that the striker will not be going anywhere this month at least.
This is because the club have removed Brazilian midfielder Oscar from the billboards following his £60m switch to the Far East earlier this month, reports the newspaper.
Of course, it would be naive for any supporter to assume that the stadium revamp means that Costa’s future with the Blues is secure.
At the moment, though, it appears as though the 28-year-old is staying put, which is good news for Chelsea given that he is joint Premier League top scorer with 14 goals.
Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic are also on the same goal tally, while Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane is one behind.