In case you’d missed the news, there have been plenty of reports that the Premier League’s biggest bastard, Diego Costa, had handed in a transfer request at Chelsea.
The rumours started after Spanish newspaper Sport printed the revelations, and set tongues wagging with just over three weeks until the new season begins.
Couple that with the fact that Conte has been chasing Alvaro Morata for the majority of the summer, and every neutral in England was excited that they might have finally seen the back of Costa.
However, after the Chelsea squad returned for pre season training this week, Conte addressed the situation regarding his Spanish striker:
Diego Costa is our player, he’s a fantastic player with fundamental importance.
He’s very happy and is working hard.
If by working hard Conte means elbowing his way through a five-a-side session, then fair enough.
In an ideal world, you’d assume the former Italy boss wants to allow Costa to return to Atletico, as long as he can capture Morata before deadline day ends.
It seems that for now, Costa is a big part of Conte’s plans, and the Italian boss also said he was happy with his squad as preparations for the new campaign kicked in.
I’m very happy with our work, I found the players have the right attitude and they are great workers.
I’m seeing a great attitude and great behaviour from the players and we must continue that for the whole season.
Chelsea’s new signing Michy Batshuayi trained for the first time on Monday, and N’Golo Kante is set to join the squad this week.
Nemanja Matic was also in attendance, despite being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with Juve interested.
But he won’t be joined in the departure lounge by Costa just yet, which bad news for Premier League defenders across the land.