Chelsea striker Diego Costa insists there was nothing at all in his reported January row with head coach Antonio Conte and maintains he and his Stamford Bridge colleagues are “on exactly the same page”.
Costa netted his 17th Premier League target with the season in Monday’s 2-1 victory at West Ham that moved Conte’s guys 10 points clear of Tottenham at the leading in the table
Chelsea’s dominance of your title race continued unchecked earlier inside the year when Costa was linked using a mega-money move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian.
He missed the 3-0 win at Leicester City, with Conte citing a back injury amid rumours of a rift between himself and his top scorer, before the Spain international produced a scoring return against Hull City.
On that occasion, Costa gesticulated for the duration of his objective celebration to mock ongoing discussion more than his future and he told ESPN Brasil suggestions he wanted to leave Chelsea were a function of media fiction.
“It was nothing at all,” Costa mentioned. “People right here [in England] make up lots of stuff. Factors come about, but I am displaying now that there’s nothing at all to it.
“I’m playing and scoring targets, and that’s the crucial thing. Every person knows that something I say has bigger repercussions than what it was.
“The manager is an individual who functions us definitely challenging in training. He’s got his personality just like I’ve got mine and other folks have theirs, however the crucial factor will be to show your character in a way that rewards the group.
“This is what is happening. Every person is on the similar web page and that is the way we’ve to go.”
Chelsea were in dominant kind at London Stadium following Eden Hazard’s exceptional first-half opener, with Manuel Lanzini’s stoppage-time consolation arguably adding a flattering slant towards the scoreline from a West Ham perspective.
Costa believes the Hammers have lost many of the positive aspects afforded to them by their former ground Upton Park, which they left to move in to the London 2012 Olympic venue for this season.
“It was normally a tough game,” he mentioned. “When they come to a larger pitch, together with the crowd further in the players, perhaps they don’t really feel the identical heat from the crowd.
“For us or other teams that come here it’s just about like coming to a neutral ground, because no one’s used to become playing right here. It’s far more equal.”