Conte reveals why Costa did not play against Leicester City

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Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, has insisted that Diego Costa was left out of the team to play Leicester City on Saturday, because he has a back injury.

Multiple reports in the British media on Friday, claimed Costa had fallen out with Conte.

According to Sky Italia, the row ended with Conte shouting: “Go to China!”.

This comes after news that Costa is being offered £30m-per-year offer from a club in the Chinese Super League. Conte dropped the Spain striker for their 3-0 win at Leicester .

Before the game at the King Power Stadium clash, Chelsea’s official Twitter account tweeted two quotes from Conte.

“On Tuesday, Diego stopped training with a pain in his back and then in the week he didn’t train with us,” read the first.

The second added: “We played without Diego against Bournemouth and we have had time to prepare for this. We’ve prepared very well.”

Costa has two-and-a-half years left on his contract.

 

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