Tuesday 24 April 2018

Diego Costa had Jose Mourinho's blessing for Christmas night out

Chelsea striker Diego Costa (left) has been pictured on a squad night out which had the full blessing of manager Jose Mourinho (right)
Chelsea striker Diego Costa (left) has been pictured on a squad night out which had the full blessing of manager Jose Mourinho (right)

Diego Costa and his Chelsea team-mates had the full blessing of manager Jose Mourinho to go on their Christmas night out on Wednesday, Press Association Sport understands.

Costa, who was unhappy at being an unused substitute in last Sunday's goalless draw at Tottenham, was shown pictured leaving a nightclub along with Brazilians Ramires and Kenedy in the early hours of Thursday.

The trio were pictured following a night out with the whole squad, which had the approval of Mourinho.

And all players reported on time for training on Thursday ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Bournemouth.

The Premier League champions enter this weekend's fixtures in 14th place in the table, 12 points adrift of the top four.

Mourinho played down any suggestion of a falling out with Costa after the draw at White Hart Lane, despite the striker appearing to throw his substitutes' bib in his manager's direction.

"If he wants to hurt me, it's not with a bib," Mourinho said.

"I have a good relationship with him, no problems."

Speculation of Chelsea signing a new striker in January and Costa nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge after 18 months has gathered pace, but Mourinho has consistently insisted relations between the pair are good.

The Portuguese was optimistic following what he described as Chelsea's best performance of the season, which included a third successive cleansheet.

He also anticipated having a full squad to choose from to play Bournemouth in Saturday's tea time kick-off.

Captain John Terry (ankle), new father Loic Remy and injured midfielder Ramires and striker Radamel Falcao all missed the game.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has been out since September with a knee injury and comes into contention, although he may not immediately displace Asmir Begovic, who has performed well as his deputy.

Nemanja Matic was pictured training with a protective face mask on Thursday.

The Serbia midfielder sustained a facial injury in the draw at Spurs.

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