Chelsea will not win title if they lose Diego Costa, says Graeme Souness

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Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea they must keep Diego Costa

Graeme Souness has warned Chelsea they risk missing out on the Premier League title if they lose Diego Costa.

The future of the striker has been thrown into doubt after he was dropped from the squad to face Leicester on Saturday.

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How will Chelsea cope without Diego Costa?

It is understood he had a row with manager Antonio Conte and has been the subject of a £30m-per-year offer from a club in the Chinese Super League.

Costa has been in superb form this season, with his 14 goals helping Chelsea open up a five-point lead at the top of the table.

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But Sky Sports football expert Souness believes the Blues' title bid could be derailed if they lose the striker.

“This is the very last thing Chelsea need. He is playing out of his skin. They lose him and all of a sudden they are not going to win the Premier League," he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“If sense prevailed, maybe he could stay until the end of the season. There has to be a way around this where everybody can be happy."

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Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid for £32m in 2014 and has scored 50 goals in all competitions.

His contract is due to expire in the summer of 2019.

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