Diego Costa: Chelsea striker is dropped after dispute over fitness with coach

Diego Costa

Costa joined the Blues from Spanish club from Atletico Madrid for £32m in 2014

Striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Chelsea squad to face Leicester on Saturday after a dispute with a coach over his fitness.

The Spain international has not trained this week and has not travelled for the Premier League leaders’ match with the defending champions (17:30 GMT).

The news comes amid reports he is the subject of an offer to move to China that would be worth £30m a year.

Costa, 28, has scored 14 goals and provided five assists this season.

It is understood Blues owner Roman Abramovich is not interested in releasing him from his contract, which expires in 2019, and would not entertain the idea of being forced to do so.

More to follow.

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