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Diego Costa claimed he has no intention to go back to London to respect his Chelsea contract, while the club arrange a solution for his future.

The Spanish striker is still enjoying his long break in Brazil and will be back to Europe only to break his deal with Chelsea and sign for Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old is determined to return his former side, as he stated in a recent interview, but he is still under contract with Chelsea, who are considering to take a legal action over him for this situation.

However, Atletico Madrid captain Gabi urges Costa to respect Chelsea:

“From what I know, Atletico Madrid want to sign him and he wants to join,” Gabi said at a press conference.

“But of course, there is Chelsea in the middle and when you are part of a club you must respect the badge and try and leave in the best way.”

Midfielder Koke added: “If Costa joins then he will help the team as he always did, we know he is a great player but right now he is a Chelsea player and I cannot tell you any more.

 

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Antonio Conte is doing an awesome job at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Frank Lampard spoke about Chelsea fantastic season and Antonio Conte‘s impressive job that transformed the Blues during the last months:

“It is a nice situation, you are top of the league and some games you are winning comfortably,” the Blues legend claimed while speaking to Standard Sport.

“You can give some players time, but at the same time it doesn’t have to be the case. He could concentrate on the moment. 

“People talk about a manager’s lifespan being two years so why should you worry about 18-year-olds. But from seeing Conte bringing young players in, incorporating them into the training squad, showing faith in them… I know the work that is being done in the academy and they deserve that. 

“They deserve those lads being given time so let’s hope some of them push through and really become top players.”

Lampard gave also his opinion on last season’s disaster:

“They obviously relaxed after winning the league previously. The minute you relax in football, whether as an individual or as a team, you really feel it, especially in the Premier League now. 

“Last year was a perfect storm in a negative way, where players backed off and when you get bad results, that can become a bit of a feeling around the squad. That had to go. But what I didn’t imagine, was that the reaction would be so good. I expected them to challenge, to be in the top four, I didn’t expect them to go so far clear and that is credit to the club.”

About his future, Lampard said:

 

“I haven’t got a clear route. At the minute I need to get my badges. To shout my mouth off that I am going to get this job or that would be completely wrong and I wouldn’t feel right doing it anyway. 

“I am very calm about it. I am working behind the scenes at the minute with young players, learning the trade on the other side of the fence which is a big change. I’ll make my decision down the line.

“Chelsea are helping me with my badges and I am thankful for that. The badges are a process and that will take some time. I will do some TV to keep me involved and I am interested in that kind of stuff so that leaves me with my options open. 

“When you finish, it is important you don’t make a rash decision straight away. You are in this bubble of being a player and you can step outside that and make sure you make the right decision. Fortunately, I have got options so it is about taking the right one.”

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New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is sure he can rely on a special player in his new adventure at Stamford Bridge: the captain and the leader John Terry.

The Italian coach praised the Chelsea legend during an interview:

“John is in the history of this club. He can explain what it means to wear this shirt, this badge.

“He is the captain, he can transfer messages. To have a good relationship with John and the other players is important – and always with respect. I give that – but I demand that.”

And Conte thinks that Terry has a good few years in him yet:

“A player must play as long as he feels able to.

“If he has the will to go every day to training, to go away from his wife and children for many days. John can do this – because I see he has this will.”

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