Thibaut Courtois: ‘Chelsea Players Never Doubted Diego Costa’s Commitment’
Posted by Jordan Clarke | Published on January 22, 2017
Thibaut Courtois has opened up on Diego Costa’s situation at Chelsea, insisting the players never doubted the Spaniard’s commitment to the club.
Courtois, who was team-mates with Diego Costa at Atletico Madrid, has jumped to the forward’s after headlines broke about a bust-up between Costa and boss Antonio Conte. Conte, who has led his side to 9 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand, told reporters Costa was left out of the squad to face Leicester through injury and Courtois has backed that theory.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Belgian said:
“He has trained very well this week. Obviously it was not a nice rumour that went around that he had a fight or anything. He had an injury and couldn’t train and obviously if you are not 100 per cent fit and you feel you cannot play it’s logic that you don’t train with the team.”
“This week he could train again and he trained very well, so he might play on Sunday.
“He looks very committed – we cannot doubt that about Diego. You can see that in all games he plays.
“Nobody in this team doubted it, so when the day before the game against Leicester that came out it was a bit of a surprise to the players but it didn’t affect us in any way because we know what’s the truth. The rest is maybe just trying to destabilise Chelsea, but we don’t let it.”
“He was injured, so you don’t need to speak with him.”
“You just ask ‘are you ok?’, ‘can you play on Saturday?’ Diego said ‘no, I feel pain’ and then you let it go because you know he won’t play.
“After the win, we had two days off and he trained here and then he trained with us so I think everything is ok.”