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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has landed in Madrid today to finalize his move to Atletico after being AWOL with the Blues for a couple of months.

The Spanish forward arrived from Brazil to undergo a medical and discuss his deal, that will be signed only in January 2018, when the Colchoneros ban on the transfer market will end.

Meanwhile, Costa will train with his new team-mates to be ready to come back in action next year.

The Diego Simeone‘s side will pay £ 50m to Chelsea, £ 10m more of what the Blues paid in 2014 to sign him, and will earn £ 6m-per-year, ChelseaNews24 exclusive sources reveals.

This is the end of a summer-long saga that started when the Brazilian-born striker fell out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the last season, with the Italian boss telling him that he was not in his plans anymore via sms before holidays.

After failing to sign Romelu Lukaku, who preferred a move to Manchester United, the Blues completed the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid to replace Costa.

 

 

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dropped a big hint about Diego Costa joining back the Spanish side next January.

The Brazilian born striker was left out of Chelsea squad after falling out with manager Antonio Conte and now he’s looking for a new club.

The Colchoneros cannot sign any player in this transfer window for a market ban, but they can do it in January 2018 and that’s when Costa can return to Atletico, as Simeone almost confirmed in a press conference yesterday:

All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better,” Simeone speaking ahead of the Audi Cup tournament in Germany.

Diego Costa? If he comes in January… We can’t say anything about that yet.

“I won’t speak about him now. He is a player of Chelsea. We will talk about the boys who are here now, because we have a late start to the season. That is what is important.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa will not face any retrospective FA action after appearing to kick out at Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany in last night win over Pep Guardiola‘s side.

There had been suggestions Costa could miss next two-three games in the title race after appearing to kick out at Citizens defender Kompany, but the striker will not face any sanction.

The reason is that match referee Mike Dean saw the second-half incident and dealt with it at the time, meaning FA cannot take any retrospective action.

Neither Chelsea boss Antonio Conte nor City manager Guardiola saw the Spaniard striker catch Vincent Kompany with his studs in midfield.

“I didn’t see it, but during the game it’s very difficult,” Conte said after the game.

“Yes, you see this kind of contact but it’s impossible to tell, to judge this kind of contact.”

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Former English referee Mike Webb commented:

“If there was a foul before, and this happens afterwards, then maybe the FA might want to look at it as an act of violent conduct.

“But because this is the foul that Mike Dean penalises, then he has seen it, made a judgement on it and the FA don’t review situations where the referee has seen it.

“Is it violent conduct? It’s a subjective call but he puts his foot and doesn’t really follow through. I think it is worthy of a yellow card but probably just short of violent conduct.”

 

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Jose Mourinho will have an headache in his London hotel room tonight trying to figure out how to face Chelsea in crucial FA Cup quarter finals with no strikers available.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is serving a three-game-ban after the episodes occured with Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings in the past weekend but pictures of Manchester United travelling squad while boarding the train to London this afternoon showed all the three other strikers were missing: Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all stayed in Manchester to recover from injury.

The Red Devils captain got injured in the last training session in a collision with Phil Jones, Rashford was taken ill and Martial is injured as well.

Mourinho could move a winger or another midfielder to the centre of United attacks, like Young, Fellaini, Mata, Lingard or Mkhitaryan but to face such an important game without all the four main strikers is surely a major blow for Mourinho’s side who are looking for “revenge” after last October 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho thanks the fans for their support during the game against Porto © Francesca Ceciarini

Ex Chelsea boss José Mourinho spoke about next Monday clash against his former club at Stamford Bridge, where he will be back for the second time as a rival after being appointed as the Manchester United manager.

The Red Devils played the first Europa League last 16 game against Rostov Thursday night in Russia and travelled back after the game, but Mourinho reckons this was not the best condition for a team that have to face such an important match:

“We have three days and we have to travel,” Mourinho told MUTV.

“We have to go to London. It’s really hard. We don’t have Zlatan, of course not, but we go with everything we have. We don’t put a [weakened] team out like some clubs sometimes, Manchester United cannot do that.

“We know this Europa League is very important for us, and the FA Cup is beautiful. We cannot go there with a [Reserve] team, we’ll try to manage it within our squad and get a good team to compete with them.

“Manchester United is Manchester United; it’s the winner of this competition. It’s not Chelsea’s fault we were given this Monday match. We’ll make changes, as we played on Thursday, but we cannot go to Chelsea with a [Reserve] team.”

“We want to keep two doors open,” Jose added.

“We have to keep getting points in the Premier League to keep our chances open and if we get through the knock-out round here, we’re in the quarter-finals and feel the door is open, so we have to try.

“We have a trophy in our pocket, which is a good feeling for everyone. Now we have the Premier League for the fight for the top four and we have the Europa League fight for Rostov.”

On the topic of his latest return to Stamford Bridge, the United manager added:

Chelsea? It’s no different. Obviously before the game and after the game, I’ll meet some fans and some people I like. The relation with the fans was always good but, for me, it’s just professional.”

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Now it’s confirmed: Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not play against Chelsea in the Fa Cup quarter final at Stamford Bridge.

The Swede striker has accepted the Fa charge without appealing the decision and he has been banned for three games.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined Manchester United last summer and he has already scored 26 goals for the Red Devils this season.

The Fa charge which determined the 3 games-ban has been caused by Ibra’s violent conduct (elbow to the head) against Bournemouth player Tyrone Mings last Saturday at Old Trafford.

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According to reports coming from Spain, especially from Radio Onda Cero journalist José Ramon de la Morena, Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois is negotiating with Real Madrid.

The Champions of Europe, who this week had their transfer ban reduced to just one window, are reportedly already working on summer deals.

Florentino Perez wants to sign a new goalkeeper, since only Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla in Zinedine Zidane‘s first-team squad.

The Belgium international is under contract until 2019 but Chelsea have little interest in selling one of their key players.

Courtois disappointed Blues fans many times in the past with some unfortunate declarations, especially when in September he hinted at a La Liga return and revealed he considers himself to be ‘half-Spanish’.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte admitted he was scared by Sergio Aguero’s insane tackle on David Luiz and is not sure he can select him for West Brom game, as the Brazilian suffered a little injury after the terrible challenge.

“I have to check [today] on his recovery because this tackle was very bad,” Conte said.

“It will be very important for him and for me to decide whether he’s able to play on Sunday. After I saw the replays, that’s when I saw this was very dangerous for David Luiz. I watched the images and I was afraid. I was scared.”

If Luiz is able to play it will assist Conte in maintaining an enviable record. So far the Italian manager has managed to keep his squad largely free of injuries, and as a result Chelsea have made fewer team changes than any other Premier League club.

“Traumatic problems are very difficult to avoid, but to avoid muscular problems is important, to have a method, a philosophy, in training sessions and to work with the players together with the medical staff and try and find the best solution.”

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Former Premier League referee Howard Webb believes that Sergio Aguero‘s tackle on Chelsea star David Luiz was an “assault”, as he told the London Evening Standard. 

“Sergio Aguero commits an awful stud-first tackle, it’s not even a tackle really, it’s just a flying attack on David Luiz – Webb claimed – I think City lose a bit of composure at losing this big important game”. 

“There’s so much going on, it’s absolutely crazy at the end – he added – And then you get Cesc Fabregas just putting his hand on Fernandinho’s face in the aftermath”.

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