Diego Costa branded a ”cheat” by his OWN Chelsea team-mate Kurt Zouma who insists “we’re not surprised”

Chelsea's Diego Costa clashes with Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny
Flare-up: Costa’s clash with Laurent Koscielny, and then Gabriel, has

Diego Costa has been branded a “cheat” – by one of his OWN team mates.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma made the amazing remark in a post-match TV interview which will only turn up the heat on the bad-boy striker.

Costa is waiting to hear whether he will be hit for a retrospective ban by the FA after his bust-up with Arsenal defender Gabriel who was sent off in the clash at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Zouma said Costa likes to get opponents “out of his game” and they are “proud” of him even though he “likes to cheat a lot.”

Zouma made the remarks to beIN Sports who interviewed him after the game.

BT SportDiego Costa pushes Laurent Koscielny
BT SportDiego Costa pushes Laurent Koscielny
GettyGabriel and Diego Costa are separated by Petr Cech as they clash

BeIN Sport’s Carrie Brown asked: “Of course Arsenal will feel hard done-by, they will claim you should have had a player sent-off in Diego Costa but this is a player that’s famed for riling other players isn’t it? Are you surprised that they reacted in this way?”

Zouma replied: “No, we’re not surprised because we know Diego. Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponent out of his game.

“That happened in the game but he’s a really nice guy. We’re proud to have him, like the other players, and we’re happy to win this game today.”

The remarkable comments may only put pressure on the FA to charge Costa if referee Mike Dean admits he did not see the full incident and the bust-up between the Spain striker and Gabriel and Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny.

Costa will learn his fate later today as to whether he will be charged by the FA.

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