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Francesca Ceciarini


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Photos emerged of Diego Costa training on his own at Cobham today, as the Spanish striker is trying to recover from his back problem that made him skip the clash at Leicester last Saturday.

Anyway, these pictures are add further fuel to fire as the ex Atletico Madrid forward allegedly received a super offer from a couple of Chinese Super League sides, Tianjin Quanjian and Jiangsu Suning, that seemed to distract him, leading also to a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte and a fitness coach.

It’s also reported that Costa will discuss his future with the Blues boss in a personal meeting tomorrow.

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Speaking to this month edition of Chelsea magazine Blues star Eden Hazard claims that goals aren’t the most important thing in his ideal football:

“For me, football is like this: I go on the pitch and I try to enjoy it. I do not look at statistics, I do not look at goals, I just want to go on the pitch,” the Belgian forward said.

“I prefer to win 5-0 and I play an amazing game, but do not score or assist, than play a bad game where I score two goals and we win 2-0.

“Football is simple, you just have to win games, so I go on the pitch, I try to do my best and try to make the fans happy. This is why I play, for my enjoyment and also for the fans.

“It is like when I go to watch a movie or a spectacle, I want to be happy. For me, when all the fans come to a game, they have to be happy, so it is my job to do make sure they are and I try every game.”

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Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois claims everyone is happy at Chelsea, despite their top striker Diego Costa involved in a transfer market saga.

The Spaniard allegedly received monster offers from a couple of Chinese Super League sides and didn’t train with the rest of the squad in the past days, being also dropped for Leicester City game: the official reason is that he is suffering from back pain, but it seems something is going on during this transfer window.

This situation, anyway, doesn’t seem to affect his team-mates, who won 3-0 at King Power Stadium:

“Yes. We are very happy, everyone is happy at Chelsea at the moment,” Courtois told reporters after the win against the Champions of England.

“If you are in first place with a seven point lead, it helps. It helps that you are winning, it helps in the way you’re working and helps everybody accept the way of working.

“The mood is very good, everyone trains very hard during the week. When we win like Saturday, we get a free day on the Sunday and it is obviously a nice feeling. Diego didn’t train since Tuesday and the manager had a plan in his head.

“We trained very well and we knew what to do. We played the same against Bournemouth as well. I don’t think it [Diego’s absence] is something that will effect us, but I think we did well again, with the guys up front. That’s good for us.”

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Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez reacted angrily to being substituted after completing the scoring in the Gunners’ 4-0 win at Swansea City on Saturday, but their manager Arsene Wenger has now suggested that his Stamford Bridge counterpart Antonio Conte has far greater concerns with his own star striker.

“I’d rather have someone who always wants to be involved than someone who doesn’t want to play,” the Frenchman told reporters.

“I have enough problems, I don’t need a Costa problem on top of that.

“Alexis is a guy who wants to fight everywhere, sometimes where he shouldn’t. But that is a part of his game. All my players want to play for every minute but for me this is not a story.”

Tottenham made their case for being Chelsea’s sternest title rivals by extending their winning run to six Premier League matches in emphatic fashion, dispatching West Brom 4-0.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino gave his opinion on the Spanish striker situation as well and was happy to report no similar rumblings of discontent at White Hart Lane.

“Have there been any offers from China for my players? No, my reaction to the Costa story was indifference because, luckily, it is not my problem.

“What can you do when an offer like this arrives from a country that is like this?

“It’s crazy money. It looks like they broke the market. If the offer to Costa is true, it’s unbelievable, unbelievable. But we will see what happens.”

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Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth claims Diego Costa and Antonio Conte will meet tomorrow to decide over the Spanish striker’s future.

It’s understood that the Chelsea striker has been offered £600,000-a-week to join Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning, a different offer from the Tianjin Quanjian’s one of last week.

Another Blues legend, moved to Jiangsu Suning one year ago, when the Chinese club offered £ 25m to Chelsea for the Brazilian midifielder. The owners are the same that bought Inter Milan last summer and that aim to bring the former Mourinho‘s side to European glory.

“We are told he will be meeting head coach Antonio Conte tomorrow to discuss his future at the club,” Sheth told Sky Sports.

“It’s thought Costa is using a £30m offer from China as leverage to get a better contract at Chelsea.One source claims he’s after £300,000-a-week,” the Sky Sports journalist concluded.

Suning are also keen to offer £ 80m to Chelsea to close the deal and Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes is told be already in China to discuss the offer.

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According to reports coming from England José Mourinho and Nemanja Matic could reunite soon, after working together for a couple of years at Chelsea.

In fact, the ex Blues boss seems really keen on the Serbian midfielder, that came back to Chelsea after three years at Benfica under his management, and would like to sign him to revamp Manchester United midfield after losing Morgan Scheiderlin, who moved to Everton in the past week, and with Michael Carrick approaching the end of his career, since the Red Devils legend will turn 36 before the start of the next season.

The Portuguese manager has already handed chief transfer negotiator and club vice chairman Ed Woodward his list of recruits for next campaign and Matic would appear in this short-list.

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.


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Despite Antonio Conte dismissing speculations on an a possible Diego Costa’s move to China many English football pundits think there is something true behind what happened in the last days between Chelsea and the Spanish striker.

For instance, former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes it’s natural that Diego Costa’s head will be turned by a rumoured transfer to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian:

“Suddenly there’s rumours of a bid that, you know, China want to offer him thirty million pounds a year, is it? Of course his head is going to be turned.

“You know, why wouldn’t it? Who wouldn’t have their head turned at that? Who wouldn’t want to go?

“People talk about loyalty – there’s no loyalty from clubs, you know, that’s non-existent in this day and age and you have to remember Costa’s Brazilian.

“You know, he’s already defected his country and gone and played for Spain, he has no affinity to his own country let alone to an English Premier League side, he’s not particularly… I’m sure he likes London but he’s got no real affinity to London. Brazilians move around all the time, it’s what they do.”

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Speaking about Diego Costa‘s situation BBC Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright said:

“For Costa to come out at this stage when they need him so much feels very strange. He’s scored 14 goals this season – you need someone like that in this team. It seems like it’s derailed what’s going on.”

The Arsenal legend would not be surprised should Costa move to China after an alleged monster offer from Tianjin Quanjian ( £ 30m per year):

“Absolutely not. Costa doesn’t seem like the sort of person who cares what people think. Whatever happens – if it’s his back it’s very hard to detect – something has turned him.”

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Asked about Diego Costa’s return after the striker apparently suffered a lower back injury in the past week Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he is unsure on the timing the Spaniard will be back:

“I don’t know how long it will take, I don’t have his pain,” the Italian manager said after the win over Leicester City.

“We’ll see about this next week.”


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