Quelling the Diego Costa saga has to rank among Antonio Conte’s most impressive achievements at Chelsea so far.
While over at West Ham, the fallout continues regarding Dimitri Payet, Conte has quickly swept his own feud with his main striker under the carpet.
In fact, after dropping the Spain international for last week’s game against Leicester, he has now confirmed he will include him in the squad for Hull match on Sunday, which certainly isn’t good news for the struggling Tigers.
“He’s available for the game against Hull City,” he told a press conference.
“He restarted having training sessions on Tuesday with the rest of the team.”
That puts any more talk of that ‘back injury’ to bed.
Despite initially feigning ignorance on the speculation linking the league’s top scorer with China, Conte added:
“I think the player wants to stay at Chelsea. He’s very happy to play with us. This idea [to move] is far from his mind.”
Of course, no-one has ruled out the possibility of him moving in the summer, as Chelsea cannot afford for this kind of volatile behaviour to consistently disrupt their plans.
For their current title challenge, though, they can’t afford to lose him – and it seems he’s happy to commit his immediate future to the club too.