Gary Neville reacts to Diego Costa’s situation at Chelsea

The former Manchester United defender warns of Chelsea undermining their title bid after Diego Costa fallout

Gary Neville likened Diego Costa’s situation at Chelsea to “self-harming”.

According to reports in the British media on Friday night, Costa was set to be omitted from the Chelsea side to face Leicester City after the centre-forward fell out with manager Antonio Conte about a proposed move to China.

The Spain international wasn’t named in the Chelsea squad as the west London side eased to a 3-0 win against defending champions Leicester City in the absence of the Premier League’s leading goal-scorer.

Conte blamed Costa’s omission on a back injury which the 28-year-old striker suffered during the week ahead of their trip to the King Power Stadium.

Speaking to the Gary Neville podcast on Sunday evening, the former Manchester United defender spoke of his surprise at the recent medial speculation surrounding Costa.

“Everything that we’ve heard. I was speaking to a few Chelsea lads a few weeks ago – I won’t say who, but they were saying Costa is fantastic in training every day,” Neville said.

“His spirit is back. Eden Hazard is happy. They’re believing in Antonio Conte. When you heard that news on Friday night, it felt a little bit like self harming in a way. What are you doing?”

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Costa has scored 14 times in 19 games in the Premier League this season to help Chelsea to move eight points clear of their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

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