Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation surrounding the future of striker Diego Costa after rumours suggested a January exit.
The Spaniard was dropped for the 0-0 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane last weekend, and was visibly frustrated as he was also caught throwing his bib in the direction of the Portuguese tactician.
It doesn’t appear to have caused any rifts between the pair though, as Mourinho was entirely dismissive of the suggestion that the club would be open to selling Costa in the January transfer window, and even insisted that he could return to the line-up against Bournemouth on Saturday evening, as reported by Sky Sports.
While the former Atletico Madrid man’s attitude is clearly not being questioned, his form on the pitch and lack of goals certainly is and that is undoubtedly the bigger issue for the Premier League champions.
Costa has managed to score just three goals in 11 league appearances this season and that has been a factor in Chelsea’s struggles even though their recent form has ensured that they have started to finally move up to the table.
Nevertheless, while the 27-year-old may have the backing of his manager for now, he will know that he is under pressure to score goals for the club and end all talk of a potential exit from Stamford Bridge, as claimed by The Express.
The Blues remain in 14th place in the Premier League table having collected 15 points from their 14 games so far this campaign, but they are now unbeaten in all competitions in their last three after wins over both Norwich City and Maccabi Tel-Aviv to accompany that goalless draw with Spurs.