FIERY tempered Brazilian born Spanish striker Diego Costa has without doubt been a major influence in the success of the current Chelsea team but he has now been suspended by the club.
He would have been one of the first names on the team list to face Leicester today (January 14) but a training ground argument with fitness coach Julio Tous has led to his immediate dropping from the team and no doubt a hefty fine.
Managers of the other big name Premier League teams must be delighted that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is facing such a problem and although his squad is deep, Costa has already scored 14 goals with five assists this season, a marked contrast to his performance in the previous season.
It is suggested that Chinese money may have sparked this latest tantrum as there has been a major insurgence in the game in China with both Oscar and Jon Obi Mikel leaving Chelsea for large pay packets in the Far East and it may well be that Costa wants to follow them whilst current Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich isn’t likely to release him.
Many clubs around Europe are now worried that a number of top players will be tempted to step behind the bamboo curtain, forcing up transfer prices and making the existing European leagues less exciting although early ‘deserters’ like Didier Drogba didn’t last long before returning to the fold.
In the meantime, inspirational club captain John Terry looks as if he will remain at Chelsea until the summer when his contract expires even though Bournemouth have expressed an interest in the 36-year-old which manager Conte rejected.