Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink makes Chelsea transfer prediction about striker
The former Chelsea striker is tipping Diego Costa to remain at Stamford Bridge
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is confident that Diego Costa won’t leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.
The Blues forward made a return to Antonio Conte’s first-team on Sunday afternoon and Costa scored the west London side’s opener in a 2-0 victory over Hull City at Stamford Bridge.
The Spain international missed Chelsea’s 3-0 win against defending champions Leicester City last weekend due to a back injury, although reports in the British media suggested that Costa had in fact fallen out with manager Diego Costa about interest from China.
The Chelsea manager insisted that Costa was set to stay at the west London side in his post-match media conference after the 28-year-old scored his 15th goal in the 2016-17 Premier League season.
Speaking to talkSPORT on Monday afternoon, ex-Chelsea striker Hasselbaink is confident that Costa will be remaining at the west London outfit.
“You know how it is – when a striker is doing well, is doing the business and is as important as Costa, you know he is going to get some kind of interest from other clubs,” Hasselbaink said.
“It’s up to him if he wants to stay or not, but Chelsea can’t afford to lose him in this moment.
“To play without him for the odd game, yes they can cope, but not five or six games in a row.
“It’s very important for him to stay at Chelsea and I think he always wanted to stay, he was just playing the market.
“If he keeps doing the business he can do what he wants. If he keeps scoring goals then the Chelsea fans will love him and he’ll be a hero, but he will also be at the top of the market as well – that’s just how it works.
“But let’s just concentrate on the team, on how well they’re doing with Costa, instead of talking about him leaving.
“He’s going nowhere.”
Costa has netted 15 times in 20 games in the Premier League this term.
The Spanish forward moved to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in a £32m deal in 2014.