By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes
Diego Costa raced out of Stamford Bridge within minutes of Chelsea clinching a 3-1 win over Sunderland on Saturday evening, Football Insider sources understand.
The controversial striker had showered, changed and left the stadium by 5.01pm on Saturday as he failed to hang around and celebrate a rare Premier League win for his team.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Costa had a “face of thunder” as he sped out of the home dressing room and headed out of Stamford Bridge.
It was the latest tantrum from the short-tempered Spain international, who had a series of run-ins with Jose Mourinho before the Portugese was sacked on Thursday.
The 27-year-old had been jeered by a large section of supporters when he was substituted at the 76-minute mark with the home side two goals clear of Sunderland.
His name was also loudly booed when read out by the Chelsea stadium announcer shortly before kick-off, as was that of his team-mate Cesc Fabregas.
The two players, along with Eden Hazard who was not in the squad after injuring his hip in the 2-1 defeat at Leicester on Monday, are largely seen by the Chelsea supporters as the men responsible for costing Mourinho his job.
The trio, who have all been well below par this season, were dubbed ‘the three rats’ in one banner. By contrast, Willian, seen as Chelsea’s best player this season, was roundly cheered.
Costa continued his lean spell by failing to add to his four-goal haul this season as he missed a number of presentable chances.
Chelsea’s fifth Premier League win of the season lifted them four points clear of the relegation zone, although victory for Bournemouth means the Londoners remain in 15th place in the table.