Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been the team to beat this season as their victory over Arsenal in the Premier League’s previous round got them 9 points clear at the top of the table with 15 games to play.
The manager will be relatively pleased with his team’s performance in recent games but has been looking to improve on his squad, for the challenges that lie ahead.
This has seen him linked with a number of star players recently but the future of one Diego Costa is something that might haunt him.
The Spanish striker is one of the most prolific goal scorers in the league at the moment but he is linked with an exit in the summer after reports suggested that he and Conte were involved in a training ground bustup.
Though it looked like everything was solved, Costa has been linked with a move to China or back to his former club Atletico Madrid in the summer.
However, the Italian manager rubbished all such claims last night in his charming appearance on BBC’s Premier League show.
The Chelsea manager spoke about the bust up and much more and went on to reveal that Costa is not looking to quit the club.
“Is everything calm now? Yes.
“Diego is a really important player.
“The situation is very clear. He is very happy to stay with us. He is very happy to fight for the title.
“Will he stay here for a long time? Yes, I think so. I think so.
“I see him every day and I see his commitment, his behaviour is very involved in the team. He loves this club.”
The Spaniard is linked with a £60m (and world record wages) move to Shanghai SIPG, a Chinese club, and Conte explained that it was not an easy thing to keep away from.
“It is a threat. It’s very difficult to manage this type of situation.
“These offers are very strange. £60m for Oscar. A lot of money for the players.
“This is not the right way to pay a lot of money to keep the players at the club.
“As clubs we must have the right vision and not to lose that.”
The Italian has been entertaining to watch on the touchline with his borderline insane behavior and he was questioned about his cameos.
Conte said that it was hard to control himself and refused to stop charging up and down the technical area.
“When we suffer, I want us to suffer together.
“And when we score, I like to celebrate.
“As a manager, you have a lot of pressure.
“During the week you work hard to prepare for your team.
“Sometimes I don’t sleep much. You are always thinking of the right solution.
“When you score a goal, for me it’s normal to participate with my players in this joy,” he added.
The Blues are not too far away from their second league title in the last 3 years and Conte will hope that his side keep up their good work till the end of the season.