Antonio Conte has warned Diego Costa that ‘money isn’t everything’ following the Chelsea striker’s link with the Chinese Super League.

The 28-year-old missed Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Leicester City due to a back problem but widespread reports claimed that the Spain international was involved in a heated exchange with Conte and his medical staff last week.

Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian are set to launch an £80 million bid for Costa and will offer the striker a tax-free salary worth £30m a year, in addition to a £5m signing-on fee.

But Conte has urged Costa to remain at Stamford Bridge and resist the lucrative offer from the Far East.

‘The money is not everything,’ said Conte.

‘When you play for a great team like Chelsea, you must be pleased.

‘I think we are a great club and it is a great honour to play for Chelsea. For this reason I don’t see [China] as a threat for my players.

‘I have to look at the past. Oscar played with us, had a good offer from China and he went.

‘But this league is really competitive and every player wants to come and play in this league.

‘This league is the first in the world because of a lot of positive things, so I don’t think these offers from China are a threat for our league.’


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