Courtois: Everyone is happy at Chelsea despite Costa situation

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The Blues goalkeeperr believes that their is still a great atmosphere at Stamford Bridge, despite issues off the pitch around their top goal-scorer

Thibaut Courtois says that Chelsea is a happy place to be despite news of a clash between Diego Costa and manager Antonio Conte emerging at the end of last week.

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Costa is thought to have received a huge offer from China to make him one of the highest paid players in the world, which has meant that he hasn't trained with the first team squad for the past three days.

Conte stated after his 3-0 win over Leicester City that his striker officially had a back injury, but Costa's head appears to have been turned by a big money offer.

Despite that, goalkeeper Courtois says that the players aren't worried about the situation and are more concerned with competing for the Premier League title. 

"Yes. We are very happy, everyone is happy at Chelsea at the moment," Courtois told reporters. "If you are in first place with a seven point lead, it helps. It helps that you are winning, it helps in the way you're working and helps everybody accept the way of working.

"The mood is very good, everyone trains very hard during the week. When we win like Saturday, we get a free day on the Sunday and it is obviously a nice feeling. Diego didn't train since Tuesday and the manager had a plan in his head.

"We trained very well and we knew what to do. We played the same against Bournemouth as well. I don't think it [Diego's absence] is something that will effect us, but I think we did well again, with the guys up front. That's good for us."

Eden Hazard, Willian and Pedro played in the forward line in the absence of the club's top goal-scorer, with two goals coming from Marcos Alonso and another from Pedro as Chelsea's 3-0 win saw them move seven points clear at the top of the table.