Diego Costa returned to Chelsea’s first-team against Hull City to play his 100th match for the Blues and how.
The Spain international opened the scoring for the Blues with an impressive right-footed shot and helped Chelsea go eight-points clear at the top.
However, what was even more interesting than his beautiful strike was how the Blues striker celebrated, the hand gestures sending a signal all those people who have been discussing his future amid the Chinese interest speculations.
Costa missed Chelsea’s all important match against defending champions Leicester City last week, with Blues boss Antonio Conte claiming that the 28-year-old missed the game due to a back injury – but reports claimed that the striker was unhappy after Chelsea rejected a bid for him from Chinese Super League side Tiajin Quanjian.
The CSL outfit was offering the talisman a whooping £30 million-per-year.
However, having returned to action for the Blues against Hull – Costa didn’t take much time to send a message to worried Chelsea fan, who had doubts about losing their star man.
It looks like Diego is happy to stay in London and help the Blues in their title charge, as he also looks to seal the golden boot for himself – having scored 15 goals this season, tied with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
Blues boss Antonio Conte was full of praise for his star forward, “[His] performance was good,” Conte said.
“[I’m] happy, pleased for this. Before the game, in the press conference, a lot of people were asking me about his form, his attitude.”
“And I said I would I take the best decision for the team and I think, after this performance, I made the best decision.”
“But it is normal, normal to receive a lot of questions. The most important thing for us, is the answer that we gave on the pitch, for the players, for me, for the club, for the fans and most importantly for the league table.”
“Honestly, I was very happy to see the celebration because I was celebrating the goal on the bench,” he said.
“I think [for] Diego, the most important thing is he scored. The celebration is good, but the most important thing is he scored.”
Blues defender Gary Cahill was also happy to see Costa return to the team and make an impact straight-away.
“He’s obviously delighted to come back,” Cahill said. “There is a lot of talk when something happens.”
“He misses one game and you’re reading about all these stories every single day.”
“That probably gets a bit tiring for him. We are delighted to have him back and scoring, which he’s been doing all season.”
Cahill added, “It was a good weekend for us before we kicked a ball today”
“When you get opportunities in the season, they don’t come around too often and you have to try and capitalize on them. With the win we did that.”
“When it’s 1-0 late on in the game anything can happen. They gave it a big go.”
“I was lucky to get on the end of the cross from Cesc [Fabregas] and the cushion was there then.”
“I see a healthy gap for us. We were determined to keep the gap there.”
“It’s a big two or three weeks coming up for us. We’ve got over the first hurdle and we’ve got two massive games coming up [against Liverpool and Arsenal].”
“We wanted to go into those games with a gap.”
Though it was not one of Chelsea and Costa’s greatest performance under Conte – but Blues fans must be delighted to see their star man showing commitment and form.