Diego Costa returns to first team training with Chelsea

Diego Costa returned to Chelsea first-team training on Tuesday amidst rumours of unrest with the management staff.

Costa, 28, trained alone at Cobham on Sunday and Monday, while the rest of the Chelsea players were given two days off by coach Antonio Conte following their 3-0 Premier League win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Rumours claimed that this was punishment for a heated training ground argument with a fitness coach and Conte last week, amid the backdrop of lucrative interest in Costa from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.

Still, It was understood that Chelsea is determined to keep Costa in their team — with the Spaniard being an influential figure for the Premier League leaders this season, scoring 14 goals and assisting five in 19 appearances.

Conte, who was repeatedly questioned about the rumours surrounding the player during the post-match conference against Leicester, was adamant that Costa’s future is with Chelsea and denied any knowledge of interest from Tianjin Quanjin.

The Italian added that the striker’s absence was due to a back injury.

Additionally, the Chinese Super League club has reportedly called off the pursuit on Costa, with owner Shu Yuhui saying that his club are now looking to “change signing plans”.

This came after new rules were enforced to the Chinese Super League, limiting all Chinese clubs to three foreign players per game when the new season starts.

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