Jose Mourinho may have a problem on his hands at Chelsea, as it’s been claimed that not only is Filipe Luis seeking a Stamford Bridge exit - as was reported earlier today - but that Diego Costa is also missing Atletico Madrid.
The Daily Express is running with a story that alludes to the fact all might not be well at Stamford Bridge, with last summer’s arrivals from Spain of the opinion that they took Diego Simeone for granted when he was their manager.
In the case of Luis it’s far more understandable given his lack of first-team opportunities since his move to England. The Brazilian full-back has found himself forced to play second-fiddle to Cesar Azpilicueta on the left-hand side of Mourinho’s defence, and having made just 10 appearances in the Premier League so far he’s far from settled in the way he would have anticipated.
However Costa’s supposed anxieties will come as a shock to Mourinho - if they are true. The Spain international has been a star figure for the Blues this term, and in leading the line he has rocketed to the top of the scoring charts in England’s top flight.
17 goals put him three ahead of Manchester City superstar Sergio Aguero, and he’s taken little time to adjust to the style of the Premier League.
According to the Express if Mourinho loses his hold over Costa things could get ugly at Stamford Bridge, with their title charge backed heavily by the current equilibrium in the squad.
The Blues are seven points clear of City at the summit of the table, but if their in-form forward goes the same way as Luis in terms of conspiring to transfer away, trouble is more than likely to ensue.
Chelsea's fantastic season
That would be a bitter end to a campaign in which Chelsea have been truly remarkable. Though they haven’t been able to quite live up to the ‘Invincibles’ comparisons that were rife after their incredible start to this season, there’s been few games where they’ve looked anything less than firmly in charge, and with his side having comfortably navigated the Champions League group stages, Mourinho will have his eyes on a coveted double.