- 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 th...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. Pedro: Perfect Costa happy at Chelsea 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. No talk, all action: Costa sends message "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 basks in Costa recall 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."
- Cesc Fabregas's latest Instagram photograph has earned him plenty of admirers, but also some abuse from his former team-mates. The Chelsea midfielder posted a picture of himself topless on the social media site, but was probably not expecting some light-hearted criticism from fo...Cesc Fabregas's latest Instagram photograph has earned him plenty of admirers, but also some abuse from his former team-mates. The Chelsea midfielder posted a picture of himself topless on the social media site, but was probably not expecting some light-hearted criticism from former Barcelona duo David Villa and Alex Song. Who's winning the Golden Shoe race? Among the 700+ replies Fabregas received was one from former Spain international Villa, who wrote "Put a t-shirt on kid and breathe out, go on." While former Arsenal midfielder Song chimed in with a similarly scathing reply, commenting "I can't see anything my bro you have to improve" Despite Villa and Song's criticism, most of the replies to the photograph were positive, with many people praising his physique as well as his passing ability. Chelsea currently lead the Premier League table by eight points, with Fabregas having played in 13 of their 22 league games so far this season.
- Gary Cahill, John Terry and Chelsea coach Steve Holland visited Ryan Mason in hospital after the midfielder suffered a fractured skull during Hull City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Hull City have confirmed Mason is in a "stable condition" after suffering the injury...Gary Cahill, John Terry and Chelsea coach Steve Holland visited Ryan Mason in hospital after the midfielder suffered a fractured skull during Hull City's 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Hull City have confirmed Mason is in a "stable condition" after suffering the injury in a collision with Cahill - a coming together which resulted in an eight-minute stoppage during the first half. Medical staff provided treatment on the pitch before sending the former Tottenham midfielder to St Mary’s Hospital in London, with Hull releasing a statement on Monday revealing Mason is now speaking after undergoing surgery. The Chelsea trio have also visited Mason at the hospital, speaking with his family as the Hull star was receiving treatment from the Neurosurgery Unit following the game. Antonio Conte has also wished the 25-year-old a speedy recovery on behalf of the Premier League leaders following the match, telling reporters: "First of all, everyone at Chelsea wants to wish [Mason] the best. "It was a bad accident with Gary. After the first half, it wasn't really good with Gary, but we decided to continue with him." And a statement from Hull on Monday has revealed that Mason will continue to be monitored by hospital staff in the coming days, with the family thanking the football world for the outpouring of support. It read: "The Club can confirm that Ryan has been visited this morning at St Mary's Hospital by Club Captain Michael Dawson, Club Doctor Mark Waller, Head of Medical Rob Price and Club Secretary Matt Wild. "Ryan has been speaking of the incident yesterday and will continue to be monitored at the hospital over the coming days where the Club will remain in close contact with Ryan, his family and the staff at St Mary's. "Ryan and his family have also been extremely touched by the overwhelming support they have received and would very much like to thank all of those who have posted such positive comments both on social media and in the press over the last 24 hours."
- Chelsea forward Pedro has described team-mate Diego Costa as the "perfect" striker and believes he is happy at Stamford Bridge. Costa has struck 15 Premier League goals this season but was left out by Blues boss Antonio Conte following reported interest in the striker from the...Chelsea forward Pedro has described team-mate Diego Costa as the "perfect" striker and believes he is happy at Stamford Bridge. Costa has struck 15 Premier League goals this season but was left out by Blues boss Antonio Conte following reported interest in the striker from the Chinese Super League. The Spain international was recalled into the Chelsea set-up for their home meeting with Hull City on Sunday and opened the scoring for the Premier League leaders deep into first-half stoppage time. Costa's importance to the west Londoners is something which cannot be overlooked, according to Pedro, who has compared him to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United. "He is a very good striker. I have played with important people, important players like Ibrahimovic," Pedro is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "Costa is a very good striker too, a very good runner, strong physically and he scores more goals for the team. He is perfect for this team. Costa's desire to leave the Premier League was made public in the summer and he has since reiterated that his long-term future may not be in London, though he has thrived under the tutelage of Conte this season. The Brazilian-born Spain international has led the line for the Blues on 20 occasions in the league this season and is flourishing due to the relationship with his manager. Pedro believes that Costa's ambition is contagious in the Chelsea squad and his determination demands a level of focus from his team-mates which only benefits his club colleagues. "With the team, he [Costa] has been training very well, with his team-mates," Pedro added. "He is very happy to be here in the club, this is the most important thing. "His focus is on the team, the game, this season, to fight for this title. It’s good for the team. This ambition Diego shows is good for the team." Pogba hails 'brother' Griezmann Chelsea currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following the victory over Hull at the weekend, though Pedro believes there is a lot of hard work still to do between now and May if they are to lift the trophy. "This title is very difficult to win," Pedro said. "The Premier League is probably the best, strongest, most competitive [league] and for me it would be a dream to win this title. "It's difficult and different [to La Liga] but this is a good moment for us."
- Hull City have confirmed that Ryan Mason has undergone surgery after suffering a fractured skull in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder clashed heads with Gary Cahill and was treated for almost 10 minutes on the pitch before being stretchered off. Conte...Hull City have confirmed that Ryan Mason has undergone surgery after suffering a fractured skull in the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The midfielder clashed heads with Gary Cahill and was treated for almost 10 minutes on the pitch before being stretchered off. Conte's message to injured Mason He was rushed to hospital from Stamford Bridge and will remain under medial supervision for a few days at least. "The club can confirm that Ryan Mason sustained a skull fracture in our fixture at Chelsea this afternoon," read an official statement. "He was taken to St Mary’s Hospital where he has undergone surgery. "Ryan is in a stable condition and is expected to remain in hospital for the next few days. Costa helps Chelsea past Hull City "Everyone at the club would like to express their sincere thanks for the excellent and swift care given to Ryan by both the Accident and Emergency department and Neurosurgery Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. "A further update will be issued tomorrow." Figures from around the football community have been quick to send their best wishes to Mason, with his former club Tottenham among the first. Everyone at the Club sends their best wishes to @RyanMason for a full and speedy recovery. Get well soon, Ryan. — Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 22, 2017 Ex-team-mates from his time at White Hart Lane have also offered their support, with Harry Kane and Gareth Bale wishing the 25-year-old a speedy recovery. Stay strong @RyanMason — Harry Kane (@HKane) January 22, 2017 Get well soon Mase!! Thoughts are with you and your family, stay strong!!! @RyanMason pic.twitter.com/HLU2tN5irN — Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 22, 2017 Tough game today at Stamford Bridge. Hope @RyanMason is okay. All thinking of you bud. Thanks to the travelling fans. #hcafc pic.twitter.com/9aZ9fO7MuT — DM (@DavidMeyler7) January 22, 2017 Hull colleague David Meyler also took to Twitter to wish a close friend well.