Pundit warns Chelsea about transfer speculation

Kevin Campbell has warned Chelsea that they'll have to accept there will always be transfer speculation surrounding Diego Costa

Kevin Campbell has warned Chelsea that they will have to accept there will always be transfer speculation about their star striker Diego Costa.

The Spain international was heavily linked with a move to China in recent weeks after Costa was reported to have been the subject of a contract offer worth £400,000 a week.

According to speculation in the British media, Costa fell out with Chelsea manager Conte about interest from China and missed their 3-0 win against defending champion Leicester City as a result.

However, Costa returned to first-team training last week and the Spain international scored a first-half opener in their 2-0 win against Hull City on Sunday afternoon.

The 28-year-old has now scored 15 times in 20 games in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign so far.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, former Arsenal striker Campbell claimed that Chelsea will just have to live with constant speculation surrounding Costa given his status as one of the world’s best players.

“I think believe there will [be speculation]. A player of his stature and quality. Teams will always want him. China making a big shift in the power in world football,” Campbell said.

“The wages they can offer are astronomical. There is still going to be talk of him going back to Atletico Madrid at some stage. So watch this space.”

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Costa moved to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014.

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