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Chelsea have no intention of selling Costa amid reported China interest

Chelsea have no intention of selling Diego Costa amid reports the striker is a transfer target of Chinese clubs.

The Spain forward missed Chelsea’s win at Leicester on Saturday with a back injury, says boss Antonio Conte.

The 28-year-old has reportedly fallen out with his boss and trained on his own on Monday, however this was to aid his recovery.

BBC Sport understands Blues owner Roman Abramovich will not bow to interest from China in the club’s top scorer.

The Premier League leaders, who recently sold midfielder Oscar to Chinese club Shanghai SIPG for £60m, do not need to raise further funds through selling players.

Reports have linked Costa with a move to the Chinese Super League that could earn him £30m a year. On Monday, the league introduced a rule stating teams could only field three non-Chinese players.

The Spain international, who has scored 14 Premier League goals in 19 appearances this season, missed three days of training last week and was seen training at the club’s Cobham training ground on Monday.

The rest of the club’s playing staff resume training on Tuesday, when Costa will be evaluated to determine whether he can rejoin the first-team squad.

Chelsea, who have a seven-point lead at the top of the table, are at home to Hull on Sunday.

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