In Focus: Chelsea shouldn’t be convinced by Costa’s comments over Hazard

According to the London Evening Standard, Chelsea forward Diego Costa has dropped a hint he could STAY at the club next season, despite links with a move away.

What’s the word?

Though he’s been vital to the Blues’ imperious march back up to the summit of the Premier League, his third season on these shores has been a rather turbulent one.

Back in January, the Spaniard was left out of the matchday squad to play Leicester City after rumours of a money-spinning bid from the Chinese Super League emerged. While he was successfully integrated back into the first-team by Antonio Conte after that saga, he’s recently been on a relatively poor run of form and suggested he wasn’t happy with life in London.

Still, speaking to the LES, Costa has stated he enjoys playing with Stamford Bridge star Eden Hazard and hopes to continue that partnership for a ‘very long time.’

“Playing with Eden is something beautiful. You’re playing on the field and at the same time enjoying what he does because he is a top player.

“We get on really well while playing and I hope we stay together like this for a very long time.”

Could he still leave?

Absolutely. Ever since last summer, Costa has been linked with moves away from SW6, with a return to former club Atletico Madrid strong rumoured.

In recent weeks, the 28-year-old has suggested he wouldn’t try and force a move back to the Spanish capital this summer, though the interest from CSL side¬†Tianjin Quanjian is believed to still be there.

With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Alvaro Morta and¬†Andrea Belotti linked with moves to west London, this summer may be a natural time to call an end to Costa’s Chelsea career.