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Costa set to make Chelsea return

Chelsea’s Brazilian-born Spanish striker Diego Costa celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester on December 3, 2016

LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Chelsea striker Diego Costa is on track to make his comeback against Hull City on Sunday after holding “amicable” talks with the club, according to Sky Sports.

The two parties held an hour-long talk at Chelsea’s Cobham training base on Tuesday before Costa trained with the first team.

This comes as a sign of progress after Costa was seen training alone for the past two days while the rest of his team-mates were given time off following the Blues’ 3-0 win over reigning Premier League champions Leicester City on Saturday.

Costa was not part of the Chelsea squad that travelled to the King Power stadium for the game, and a back injury was the reason given for his absence.

But, it is understood that Costa was involved in a heated dispute with manager Antonio Conte shortly after receiving a £30m-a-year offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.

With the Chinese Football Association having introduced new restrictions on foreign players on Monday, Tianjin owner Shu Yuhui admitted that a deal is highly unlikely to be made.

When contacted by Sky Sports, Chelsea refused to comment whether Costa was in talks with the Chinese outfit.