Costa, Payet absent but Chelsea, West Ham still both win 3-0


AP

4:31 p.m. ET Jan. 14, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Top-scorer Diego Costa wasn’t missed by English Premier League leader Chelsea.

Dimitri Payet’s absence wasn’t felt by West Ham.

Both teams won their games 3-0 despite missing their talisman on Saturday, but uncertainties linger about the future of the duo in English football.

West Ham, which beat Crystal Palace, went public with Payet’s bombshell that he wants to leave and is refusing to play. The east London club insists the France midfielder will not be sold in the January transfer window which runs for another two weeks.

The situation surrounding Costa isn’t as clear, with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s coy answers after beating Leicester highlighting deeper issues.

After twice referencing the “truth,” Conte stressed: “I like to tell the truth and not lie….

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