Antonio Conte and Diego Costa make peace after meeting at Chelsea’s training ground

Antonio Conte and Diego Costa have made peace following their bust-up in Chelsea training, according to reports in Italy.

The Chelsea manager held talks with the club’s leading goalscorer on Tuesday morning following the row which led to the striker missing Saturday’s 3-0 win over Leicester City.

TMW now claim that the pair have settled their differences and the Spain international has told Conte that he will follow his orders.

A week ago, Costa was involved in a disagreement with Chelsea’s fitness coaches over the severity of his back injury, and Conte sided with his backroom team.

After missing the victory over the Premier League champions, Costa trained on his own on Sunday and Monday while Chelsea’s first-team players were given a rest period.

The argument also occurred after Costa received a lucrative offer to join the Chinese Super League.

Tianjin Quanjian were prepared to pay the Premier League leaders £80 million for the 28-year-old, and were willing to offer the striker a £30m-a-year salary.

Chelsea fear that Costa has had his head turned by the prospect of moving to China and while the possibility of selling the striker in January was never an option, the club appear resigned to the fact that the player could leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

Tianjin Quanjian’s owner has confirmed an offer was made for Costa but new league rules which restrict clubs to playing only three non-Chinese players in a game have forced the club to drastically alter their plans.


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