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Sky Sports has reported Chelsea striker Diego Costa is the ideal man to replace Jackson Martinez at Atletico Madrid next season.

Costa has frequently been linked with a return to his former club since joining Chelsea in 2014.

Martinez left Spain to sign for Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande last week.

Terry Gibson reports for Sky Sports that Costa is perfect to fill the gap left by Martinez:

“I think he is [the right man to replace Martinez] because he fits Atletico Madrid so well.

“It depends on Diego Costa too and if he is enjoying life at Chelsea. But there is always going to be a pull because of what he achieved at Atletico Madrid. And, of course, if Simeone is still the manager and they have the money available, it might even be something Chelsea listen to as well.”

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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes that Chelsea must reach either the Champions League or FA Cup final to save their season.

“The only way to save our season is to reach the final in one or both of them,” said Courtois.

Chelsea face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 and Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth round.

“We play against two great sides and we have to try to win those games,”claimed the Chelsea keeper.

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Chelsea forward Willian believes John Terry to be one of the greatest players in Chelsea history. However, Willian has his doubts on Terry‘s future at the club and doesn’t think he’ll be offered a new contract at the end of the season.

Willian spoke to reporters at Squawka.

“He is definitely one of the greatest or maybe the greatest player of Chelsea’s history. He’s won everything for this club. He is respected by all of us.

“I’m thankful for having the opportunity to play beside him. I’ve learnt a lot from John Terry.

“I think he would like to stay longer with us, but unfortunately it seems he won’t be able to remain as a Chelsea player.

“The club won’t probably extend his contract I can just wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”

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Sky Sports’ Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has revealed that Chelsea front man Diego Costa would be perfect for Athletico Madrid after the La Liga side sold striker Jackson Martinez.

Martinez is another player who joined the Chinese Super League over the last few weeks and the deal that took him there is understood to be in the region of £32m.

Athletico Madrid clearly found it very difficult to resist such a high offer for a player that has seemingly struggled in the top tier of Spanish football.

“I was a little taken aback that they let him go, but they must have seen the price and thought we are actually going to make a profit on him.

“And this is a player who was not ripping it up in La Liga and who Simeone had not really fallen in love with or trusted.

“Then obviously talk immediately turned to his replacement next season and Diego Costa.”

Gibson believes Diego Costa to be a perfect replacement for Martinez after Costa had 4 massively successful years with Athletico.

“I think he is [the right man to replace Martinez] because he fits Athletico so well.”

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Speaking to Squawka Chelsea midfielder Willian reveals that he’s not expecxting the club to extend his captain John Terry’s deal for the next season:

“He is definitely one of the greatest or maybe the greatest player of Chelsea’s history,” said the Brazilian star.

“He’s won everything for this club. He is respected by all of us.”

Willian has been sharing Chelsea dressing room with the Blues legend for almost three years:

“I’m thankful for having the opportunity to play beside him. I’ve learnt a lot from John Terry.

“I think he would like to stay longer with us, but unfortunately it seems he won’t be able to remain as a Chelsea player.”

“The club won’t probably extend his contract I can just wish him the best of luck for the rest of his career.”

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Diego Pablo Simeone

According to Spanish media El Confidencial current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Pablo Simeone is taking English lessons.

This fact fuels the rumours of a possible next move to Chelsea for him.

On top of the lessons, the ex Inter and Lazio player is also improving his language skills watching films with English subtitles.

Simeone is under contract until 2020 and Atletico Madrid are not so keen to let their manager leave.

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Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has distanced himself from reports that he is set to move to Chelsea this summer. 

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Allegri said ‘There’s nothing to it. I cannot either confirm or deny something that doesn’t exist.’

Allegri’s side have been on a remarkable run of form since a disappointing start to the season and have won 17 out of their last 18 matches in all competitions. They currently sit in second place in Serie A , just two points behind their opponents this weekend Napoli.

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Mourinho Van Gaal Old Trafford 2014
Mourinho and Van Gaal at Old Trafford in October 2014 © Francesca Ceciarini

Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho would have confessed to close friends that “Manchester United deal is done”.

The Portuguese coach would go to replace his ex mentor Louis Van Gaal on the Red Devils bench.

He should take charge of team at the end of this season and he will find his old Spanish rival Pep Guardiola, who will become Manchester City manager at the end of this campaign.

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After his transfers to Leicester City and Newcastle both failed in the last January transfer window, Chelsea striker Loïc Rémy can be ready to move to China: in fact Shanghai Shenhua just submitted a £10m offer to the Blues for him.

Remy, whose contract with Chelsea expires in June 2018, might be tempted by the huge salary raise the Chinese club are ready to offer to him: at the moment  the French forward is earning £4.5m

The Chinese football market is open until 26 February.

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Juan Mata of Manchester United has written has gratitude towards Chelsea fans after the reception he got during the match between Chelsea and Manchester United. Although he may have left Chelsea for Manchester in January 2014, he remains a huge fan favourite at Stamford Bridge.

On his personal blog, he wrote “It’s always special for me to play in Stamford Bridge. My feelings are different in a day like this, but once the referee blows the whistle for the kick-off, in my mind the only goal is to win, to give everything you have to help the team and to enjoy on the pitch,”

“I have to say that I’m deeply grateful for the reception from the Chelsea fans and their applause when I was substituted. Moments like these ennoble football and it’s something you keep in your memory forever,” he continued.

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