May 5, 2017

Costa Speculation 'Not Important'  (Sky Sports)

Diego Costa and Antonio ConteChelsea manager Antonio Conte has dismissed speculation about Diego Costa's future as "not important".

Costa was strongly linked with a move to Tianjin Quanjian earlier in the season and reports surfaced this week suggesting the Chinese side were confident of signing the Spain international in the summer.

But Tianjin have denied any discussions have taken place and Conte said at his Friday press conference that, with Chelsea chasing a possible double, himself and his squad had more important matters to focus on.

Asked if he had any information about a possible deal in place for Costa to move to the far east, Conte said: "I don't know about this.

"I think now it's very important for every single player, for every single person that works for Chelsea, to be focused on the present.

"The present is very important for us. Now is more important than the future.

"To be focused, to be concentrated, to prepare in the right way for these five games (four Premier League games plus the FA Cup final) from now until the end.

"I am not worried about this (the Costa rumours) because I see my players every day and I am seeing the right concentration, the right focus."

Premier League leaders Chelsea continue their title quest at home to Middlesbrough on Monday and Conte said he has not discussed this week's speculation with Costa.

"No, because I think it is not important now," Conte added. "The most important thing now is to discuss about our targets, these are the most important things now."

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