Diego Costa has been sharply criticised for tweeting a photo of himself standing on The Great Wall of China, dressed as a traditional Chinese warrior. The striker was dropped from Chelsea’s squad for the visit to Leicester, having reportedly told officials that he wishes to move to the Chinese Super League.
Antonio Conte has accused his star striker of being seduced by Chinese football’s newfound wealth.
“The photo is only part of it,” the Italian told Soccer on Sunday. “Diego never learned a word of English, but he’s fluent in Chinese now and only answers to the name ‘Chen’. And he’s a blackbelt in karate all of a sudden. I happened to mention that I don’t like Chinese food, so he bowed to me, and then roundhouse kicked me through a plate glass window.”
Costa insists that the photo has been taken out of context.
“我完全致力于切尔西足球俱乐部,” the Portuguese striker told Soccer on Sunday. “所有这一切谈到去中国是媒体谎言”.
“我希望在切尔西完成我的职业生涯,” added Costa. “但中国女人绝对是好的。如果我不想要一个动作，我会说谎”
The FA have promised to look into Costa’s comments, with former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard branding his words “disgraceful”, and “degrading to women, dwarves, blacks, whites, and the Transgender community”.