Chinese Super League club, Tianjin Quanjian, have denied reports that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will join them in the summer. The club’s owner, Shu Yuhui, had fueled speculations after he said “two or three” big names have agreed to join the outfit.
“With regard to the widespread rumours that Chelsea’s Diego Costa is expected to join Tianjin Quanjian, our club want to clarify that so far, we have not been communicating with Diego Costa regarding the transfer,” the statement read.
Costa’s future at Stamford Bridge had been subject of speculations with reports linking him to China. The Spain international had himself sparked speculations when he said: “I’m happy at Chelsea. But I’m not saying I’m happy with my life in London, because that is something totally different — the one thing has nothing to do with the other.”
Also recall that Costa and Conte had clashed in January with the Italian manager alleged to have told him, “Go to China”. Conte’s statement had suggested there was indeed contact from Asia.