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Antonio Conte added fuel to fire as he confirmed that Diego Costa is not in Chelsea plans in view of next season.

The Italian manager, speaking at a press conference in Beijing ahead of Arsenal friendly, claimed: “I don’t to like to talk about players that don’t stay here”.

“Generally the Costa situation for him was clear for him and his agent, for me the situation is closed” Conte added.

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Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Bosnich claims Alvaro Morata‘s lack of experience in Premier League is a worry for the Blues.

The Spanish striker is coming to replace another Spain internation, Diego Costa, who did very well at Chelsea but fell out with manager Antonio Conte in the end of the past season:

Diego Costa, for whatever his right or wrongs, he’s done the business at Chelsea. He’s had great success there,” Bosnich said on talkSPORT.

“Morata is obviously a quality player, you don’t go to Real Madrid and Juventus unless you have quality.

“But it’s always a worry when you sign a player who hasn’t played in the Premier League.”

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Former Chelsea manager José Mourinho praises the Blues for the signing of Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid.

“I think it was obvious Chelsea would sign a striker, especially after the situation with the manager and Diego Costa”. – Mourinho said according to a report by The Independent – “It was clear that they were going to get a striker, they did it with Alvaro and Alvaro is a very good player for them”.

Just some weeks ago José Mourinho and Manchester United beated Chelsea in the race to sign Romelu Lukaku.

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Enrique Cerezo, Atletico Madrid president claims there aren’t ongoing talks with Diego Costa for a possible return of the Spanish striker to the Simeone’s side.

“Costa is a Chelsea player at the moment, and you know for a long time now that we cannot sign anyone,” – Cerezo told AS. - “This shows that pyjamas come in all different colours. Everyone can put on whichever ones they want. Diego is a magnificent player, a great player, he was in Spain for many years. He has had a good spell in England, learned English, English customs”.

However, Enrique Cerezo believes that one day Diego Costa can come back to the Spanish capital: “He will return to Spain someday… On holiday.” – Cerezo continues – “Madrid is a lovely place to visit, if you have the money to enjoy it. It is a long time since I spoke with him. At least a year, since he left here. I have seen him with the [Spanish] national team, but spoken to him very little.”

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New Chelsea signings Tiemoué Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger are set to miss the first part of the Blues Asian tour.

Bakayoko underwent a minor knee surgery in the end of the past seasoon and he is still recovering, while Rudiger is not ready to play yet and will miss the first game against Arsenal next Saturday in Bejing, but he could be available for the clash against Bayern Munich on 25 July or Inter on 29 ( both to be played in Singapore).

Eden Hazard is also not fit to play after suffering a fractured ankle while on duty with Belgium, and he will probably miss the start of the Premier League season: Conte is unsure to bring him to Asia, as it would be better for him to stay in London for a quicker recovery.

Diego Costa in out of the squad, waiting for his move to Atletico Madrid, while Nemanja Matic is not sure to be in the group that will travel to China because he has got chances to leave the club soon.

Mario Pasalic, Lewis Baker, Jeremie Boga and Andreas Christensen are among the youngsters that will jet out to Asia,  after a week back in training with their parent club this week at Cobham Training Centre.

 

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Chelsea need to sign a striker to replace Diego Costa and they have some options in this summer transfer window, AubameyangBelotti and Morata among them.

According to pundit Steve Nicol the best of them will be Alvaro Morata:

“If I was Chelsea, I would take Morata,” Nicol said on ESPN FC – I think he’s the guy that fits the Costa mould more than any of the other two. He’s a guy who will score goals and he’s a guy who will hold it up and link the play.”

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According to Sky Sports Chelsea are interested in signing Sergio Aguero.

The Blues are looking for a striker who can replace Diego Costa and, after missing out on Romelu Lukaku, their attentions have been focused on Aubameyang, Morata, Belotti and now also Sergio Aguero.

Sky Sports report Chelsea have a “strong and serious interest” in Aguero, but also that Manchester City don’t want him to leave.

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Gary Neville reckons Premier League title will go to Manchester this season: the Sky Sports pundit is not sure if United or City will win it, but he is sure the league trophy will be back in his city.

“I said last season that the title would come to Manchester – and I was wrong – but I think this year it will.

“I think Chelsea will dip a little bit,” the Manchester United legend claimed.

“Not in a negative way, but just having the Champions League will bring different challenges.

“I think Tottenham will be strong, but I feel that either United or City will win it, but I’m not sure who!

“I say it every year, whoever recruits best, wins the league.

“Chelsea getting N’Golo Kante was a masterstroke and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa came back to form.

“All the clubs are going for the same players, they’re all expensive and controlled by agents.

“So, whoever has the best relationship, the best contacts and is willing to put the money in will probably do it,” the former England international concluded.

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Diego Costa made Chelsea fans upset again by posting a video on Instagram where he was wearing an Atletico Madrid shirt and was making sarcastic comments on Blues manager Antonio Conte.

The Brazilian born star was excused from Chelsea pre-season since he broke up with Conte in the end of the past campaign: the Italian boss told him he was not in his plans anymore and Costa asked to leave the club, not hiding his desire to join back Atletico Madrid, the club where he was playing before signing for the Blues.

The Spanish forward – still under a Chelsea contract- is continuing his break in Brazil and last night he posted a live video of a party he was at in Lagarto, Brazil, on Instagram.

He then turned the camera on himself to reveal he was dancing in an Atletico Madrid shirt.

Plenty of followers on Instagram reacted to the shirt, including Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas, who posted a laughing emoji at the sight of the top.

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Costa then responded to his fellow Spanish international, who is gearing up for next season with the Blues, by telling him to ‘give Conte a hug’, a comment followed by a big laugh, to underline it was done in a sarcastic way.

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The 28-year-old is sure to complete an Atletico Madrid return but it remains to be seen whether he can join them given the Spanish side’s current transfer embargo.

 

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Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven have confirmed the agreement with Chelsea midfielder Marko van Ginkel.

The 24-year-old is set to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan after an unfruitful spell with AC Milan last season.

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