The Times confirm Diego Costa’s Chelsea contract rejection

Diego Costa v Chelsea

Will Diego Costa ever play for Chelsea again?

Indeed, will he still be at Stamford Bridge come February 1st?

With just a couple of weeks to go until the January transfer window closes, it feels hugely unlikely that Chelsea will allow Diego Costa to leave the club, yet the Times have stirred the pot on Monday claiming that Diego Costa has snubbed the Blues in recent weeks.

Last week, news broke that Costa is being pursued by Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian, in a deal that could see Chelsea receive 80 million pounds for the striker, while Costa could earn 30 million pounds a season in the CSL after tax.

On Monday, the Times further confirm that even before the Tianjin Quanjian offer came in, Costa has already snubbed a contract offer from the Blues.

Rejects a new deal

The broadsheet tell their readers the following:

Diego Costa rejected the offer of a new contract at Chelsea before last week’s bust-up with manager Antonio Conte.

Chelsea are believed to have offered Costa a five-year deal worth £200,000 a week — a £50,000 weekly increase on his existing wages — but the striker was unwilling to commit himself to the club.

To repeat, this happened even before Tianjin Quanjian’s offer came in, which seems to suggest that Costa has little loyalty to Chelsea, and he’s more than open to leaving the club if he can secure a fatter paycheque.

What about his bad back?

Antonio Conte repeatedly told the media that Diego Costa missed the EPL match at Leicester over the weekend because he has a back problem.

We’ve already argued that that’s a white lie from the Chelsea boss, and that point was further challenged in the Times on Monday too:

Conte claimed that Costa’s absence from Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leicester City on Saturday evening was solely because of a back injury, although other sources are convinced that his reluctance to train is connected to the offer he has received from China.

Costa has some sympathy from his team-mates, who believe that he does have a genuine back problem, although he is giving off mixed messages.