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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been heavily linked with a move to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian in the summer but Chelsea playmaker Cesc Fabregas has urged him to snub a big-money move to China and stay at Stamford Bridge.

“If he doesn’t speak with me in English, I do not think he will speak with me in Chinese,” Fabregas told Cadena Ser.

“I hope he doesn’t because Diego is a great friend, a great player and we need him here.

“[I wouldn’t like him to leave]. Not at all. He is very necessary for me in this dressing room.

“[The Chinese offer a lot of money but] at the end a player has to think what he wants to do in his career.

“I’m sure he will make the right decision but, as his friend, I think he is necessary at this club and in this dressing room.

“I have a good friendship with Diego. We talk a lot and he knows my opinion. Not just about this [potential move to China] but about everything.

“We talk about life. He will decide with his family what is best for him and I am not nobody to get involved in that, but for me he is a very important player for this club.”

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