Antonio Conte is convinced erratic striker Diego Costa is committed to Chelsea as the club fight to win the Premier League title.
Speak of a move to China has been gathering momentum right after Costa was left out of final week’s 3-0 victory over reigning champions Leicester City following a reported disagreement more than a back injury.
Costa is back in to the squad for Sunday’s clash against Hull City and because the Spain international prepares to return, Conte has no doubts concerning the 28-year-old.
“[I am] sure about Diego’s commitment, positive about his behaviour, certain about his will to fight for this team to try and win the title,” Conte said.
“For positive, obtaining the proper spirit, this unity in the group, is fundamental if you need to win something.
“It’s important to create this unity between the players, the employees, the club. In each and every group I’ve been manager, I’ve normally attempted to make this spirit. I am proud we’ve developed this in only 5 or six months. We’re a team and, within this moment, every single single player is [realising] his talent.”
Costa tops the Premier League goalscoring charts alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez with 14.