During the summer, Thibaut Courtois and Diego Costa were two players who were feeling disillusioned at the club and were looking for an escape route away from Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa’s case was even worse, as he was desperate to leave Chelsea for Atletico Madrid.
Just a few months into the new season under Antonio Conte, it’s a whole new song, and the two want away players are reportedly discussing contract terms with the club.
Conte has played a huge role in making this happen. The Italian has held private talks with Costa & Courtois, reiterating his desire to keep them and outlining his vision to make Chelsea competitive again.
The two Chelsea stars have bought into Conte’s vision for Chelsea and are willing to commit their future to the club. But this goes even beyond Conte’s private talks, it’s about his works. The Italian has brought back spirit to the Chelsea team, he has made Chelsea a force again, the club is now attractive compared to during the summer when many big name players would easily have turned down a move to Chelsea, and the positive atmosphere in the dressing room that has replaced the toxic atmosphere of last season is another positive.
There are so many positives Conte has brought to the club, and it’s no surprise Costa and Courtois (who are in the form of their lives) are ready to sign new deals.