David Luiz has hit out at those who have questioned Diego Costa’s commitment to the Chelsea cause in recent weeks, saying “people talk a lot without knowing anything”.
The Spain international has dominated the headlines at Stamford Bridge, and not just for his performances on the field.
He sparked a storm ahead of an away date with Leicester City when reports emerged of an apparent big-money offer from China and a training ground bust-up with fitness coach Julio Tous.
Costa played no part against the Foxes, but claims of a back complaint laying him low did little to curb the rumours surrounding his future.
He was, however, returned to the Blues side with a bang against Hull City on Sunday, as he netted his 15th Premier League goal of the season for Antonio Conte’s table-toppers.
After finding the target, Costa’s celebration suggested he was growing tired of idle gossip and David Luiz says that sentiment is shared by those who work alongside one of the finest forwards in the business on a day-to-day basis.
"That’s his [Costa] job, to score goals, and he works on that every day," the Brazilian defender told SFR Sport.
"He does his job very well. He’s a great player who’s in fantastic form right now.
"He’s playing well, and I’m happy for him because sometimes people talk a lot without knowing anything, and he’s had to go through that. But it’s normal people talk about the best players in the world, Diego is one of them.
"I don’t know. Things were normal. Everyone has offers, everyone has things to talk about. He’s happy, always wants to play football, that’s what’s important for me."
Conte has sought to play down the speculation throughout a potential distracting saga, and he too had words of praise for Costa on Sunday after seeing him silence his critics in the best possible way.
He said: "I think [for] Diego, the most important thing is he scored. The celebration is good, but the most important thing is he scored."