Chelsea’s players have never questioned Diego Costa’s commitment to the cause, according to Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea’s leading scorer was dropped from the squad last weekend amid reports of a row with Antonio Conte and his staff over differences of opinion on a back injury. It coincided with reports that he is the subject of an £80million bid from China, which turned his head.
Any issues appear to have been resolved, with Costa expected to play a role in Chelsea’s match against Hull later today.
Despite all the speculation swirling around Stamford Bridge, Courtois says he and his team-mates have always believed Costa was committed to the team and that the simple truth is it was nothing more than an injury to Costa.
‘Obviously it was not a nice rumour that went around that he had a fight or anything. He had an injury and couldn’t train and obviously if you are not 100 per cent fit and you feel you cannot play it’s logic that you don’t train with the team.
‘This week he could train again and he trained very well, so he might play on Sunday.
‘He looks very committed, we cannot doubt that about Diego. You can see that in all games he plays.
‘Nobody in this team doubted it, so when the day before the game against Leicester that came out it was a bit of a surprise to the players but it didn’t affect us in any way because we know what’s the truth. The rest is maybe just trying to destabilise Chelsea, but we don’t let it.’
Courtois, speaking to Sky Sports, went on to reveal he hadn’t spoken to Costa about the issues and speculation.
‘He was injured, so you don’t need to speak with someone,’ said the Chelsea goalkeeper.
‘You just ask ‘are you OK?’ and ‘can you play on Saturday?’ He said ‘no, I feel pain’ and then you let it go because you know he won’t play.
‘After the win we had two days off and he trained here and then he trained with us so I think everything is OK.’