The whole Diego Costa incident with Antonio Conte has died down, and he’s back in training with the team, wearing a happy face and is expected to start Sunday’s game against Hull City.
With reports claiming Costa’s interest in a move to China due to the mega money offered to him, one could think that some of his teammates will see the Spain international as a mercenary. However, former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes there wouldn’t be any issue in the Chelsea dressing room, and the players will be happy to have him back.
He wrote in his column for the Evening Standard: “His team-mates won’t get the hump with him after this supposed row involving a big-money move to China. It doesn’t work that way in football. They won’t be looking at him thinking, ‘what a dirty swine’. More like, ‘I wish someone would offer me £30million a year!’”
He added: “It won’t affect team morale one iota. There will be a few jokes going around in the dressing room and if he comes back against Hull, they will be happy because he can help them win the league. If not, they’ll just get on with it as at Leicester last weekend.”