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Chelsea tight-lipped on Costa

Press Association logoPress Association 13/01/2017 Matt McGeehan

Chelsea striker Diego Costa hasn't travelled to Leicester for Saturday's Premier League clash amid rumours of a bust-up with Antonio Conte.

Costa has been prolific this season for a Chelsea side five points clear at the top of the table entering this weekend's fixtures.

The Blues declined to comment on reports that the 28-year-old had had a disagreement with head coach Conte and his backroom staff.

Conte on Friday afternoon said he had some undisclosed doubts for the game, but mentioned no names or reasons for potential absences.

Eden Hazard could play in a central striker role in Costa's absence, just as he did against Bournemouth, when the former Atletico Madrid striker was suspended.

Costa helped Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in England in 2014-15, but was poor as the Blues title defence ended in a 10th-placed finish last term.

He was also among the players blamed by a section of Chelsea supporters when Jose Mourinho was sacked by the Blues for a second time in December 2015.

Costa was repeatedly troubled by hamstring problems and disciplinary issues in his first two seasons at Stamford Bridge and was repeatedly linked with a return to Atletico.

He was earlier this month subject of speculation over a mega money move to the Chinese Super League.

It was rumoured Tianjin Quanjian were prepared to bid STG80million and Costa's future could be the main talking point of the winter transfer window, which closes on January 31.

The 28-year-old has scored 14 goals in 19 Premier League appearances this term and was many pundits' player of the championship at the halfway mark.

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