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Speaking after the defeat against Arsenal in the FA Cup final Chelsea star Diego Costa dismissed China’s move speculations revealing the only club he would leave the Blues for, and it’s not Chinese:

“I will only leave Chelsea for Atletico. If not, I will stay here,The Daily Telegraph quote Costa as saying after Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal on Saturday.

“I’m not interested in other clubs. I know Chelsea wants to sell players, but I told them, I have two years left in my contract and I won’t go somewhere else just because they want so.

“I will only sign for another club in Europe, they know that. Otherwise I’ll stay with my current contract. I have a contract and no intention of leaving, but if there are changes to be made that might reduce my chances, if the coach won’t count on me anymore or is to give space to another striker, I know that I’ll have to leave. But only to where I’m willing to.

“Everyone knows what my preferred club is, there’s nothing to hide. Money is good, but I’m grateful for what I have right now and I have other things to look forward to, like playing the next World Cup. I know that I have a chance to be called if I’m playing well and at a high level, that’s something I want.

“If I have to move to another City or another country than Spain, I don’t think I’ll go, I’d rather stay at Chelsea. If the club wants to sell me, they know where I want to go.”

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Arsenal win the FA Cup thanks to their 2-1 win over Chelsea. Alexis Sanchez broke the deadlock after just 6′ and Arsene Wenger’s men were able to maintain the gap before Diego Costa cancelled out the opener finding the equalizer with 15′ left to go. Aaron Ramsey put his side ahead again a few minutes later following an outstanding counter-attack led by Olivier Giroud.

Victor Moses was shown a red card in the second half due to an alleged dive in the penalty area.

Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener could have been disallowed for either handball or offside.

Chelsea (3-4-3): Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic ( Fabregas 61), Alonso; Pedro (Willian 72), Diego Costa (Batshuayi 88), Hazard.
Unused subs Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry.
Scorer Diego Costa 76
Booked Moses 57, Kante 59
Sent off Moses 68 (second yellow)

Arsenal (3-4-3): Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain (Coquelin 82), Ozil, Sanchez (Elneny 90+3), Welbeck (Giroud 78).
Unused subs Cech, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott.
Scorers Sanchez 4, Ramsey 79
Booked Ramsey 9, Holding 54, Xhaka 81, Coquelin 83

Referee Anthony Taylor
Crowd 89,472

 

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Team News
Arsenal
  • David Ospina is set to start in goal against Chelsea today.
  • Gabriel Paulista and with Laurent Koscienly are both ruled out of the clash, then Per Mertesacker could feature. Skhodran Mustafi is still recovering from Mustafi a head injury suffered against Sunderland last Tuesday.
  • Wenger is also doubtful about Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Chelsea

  • Antonio Conte has no serious concerns ahead of FA Cup final against Arsenal.

Predicted Line-Ups

Arsenal XI: Ospina; Holding, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Ramsey, Gibbs; Ozil, Sanchez; Welbeck

Chelsea XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Luiz, Cahill; Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Hazard; Costa

Kick-Off: 5:30pm BST on Saturday May 27

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Tianjin Quanjin has turned down rumors linking them with an agreement reached over the signing of Chelsea star Diego Costa. It is understood they are considering to lure the Spaniard from Stamford Bridge next summer, but some reports suggested the club have already started negotiations with his representatives.

Anyway, an official statement from the Chinese Super League outfit read: “For the past six months, our club have not involved in any form of communication and negotiation with Diego Costa nor his representatives.

“Our club will draw up a rational transfer plan as an aim to improve the spectator experience of the Chinese Super League and meet its sustainability demands.

“We won’t take part in any unhealthy competition, thus preventing all overpriced signings.”

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Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknap, writing in his column for the London Evening Standard, has pointed out the striker who could replace Diego Costa at Chelsea, should the Spaniard leave Stamford Bridge to join Chinese Super League outfit Tianjin Quanjin.

Speaking about Everton star and former Blues’ striker Romelu Lukaku, Redknapp said: “He has that same physical presence as Costa and would be the most obvious fit if Conte is going to stick with playing one up front next season. But if Lukaku does sign, it will be another case of a player leaving for next to nothing only to be re-signed a few years later for a silly amount”.

“Alvaro Morata is the other striker Chelsea have been linked with and he’s a top player but his injury record would make you wonder if he can cope with the demands of English football, playing every three days”.

Then he added: “Lukaku knows the League well which is another reason they like him but Morata has a track record of scoring goals at the highest level. We don’t know whether Lukaku can. He has all the attributes to do it and I can see him being successful but replacing Costa with him is still a step into the unknown”.

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Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar has admitted he would be very happy if Diego Costa decided to follow in the footsteps of the Brazilian star after receiving an huge offer from Chinese Super League.

“It’s hard for me to give specific advice to Costa. The only thing I can tell him is that I quite enjoy my life in China, – Oscar told CCTV-5 - I don’t have any problems so far. The culture here is obviously very different from that of my country but we are getting used to it, bit by bit”. 

It is understood Tianjin Quanjin are confident they can lure Diego Costa from Stamford Bridge at the end of current season.

Then he added: “Everyone has got to figure out the things he wants most. And I believe coming to China is the best choice for me. If Costa moves here, I will be delighted. He is pursuing happiness and I hope everyone has a happy life.”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has selected the team to face Watford at Stamford Bridge tonight.

Chelsea (3-4-3) – Begovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Ake, Azpilicueta, Kante, Chalobah, Kenedy, Willian, Batshuayi, Hazard.

Substitutes: Eduardo, Aina, Alonso, Cahill, Fabregas, Pedro, Diego Costa.

Manager: Antonio Conte

Watford (4-4-2) – Gomes (GK) (c); Mariappa, Prödl, Holebas; Amrabat, Cleverley, Behrami, Doucouré, Janmaat; Capoue; Niang.

Substitutes: Pantilimon (GK), Mason, Eleftheriou, Zúñiga, D Pereira, Okaka, Deeney.

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

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Chelsea host Watford at Stamford Bridge on Monday night (Kick-Off: 8pm BST) after being crowned Premier League champions at the Hawthorns last time out thanks to Michy Batshuayi‘s late goal.

Team News

Chelsea

  • Conte has a fully-fit squad to choose from.
  • Possible changes in defense as Nathan Ake and John Terry could replace David Luiz and captain Gary Cahill as well as recent goalscorer Batshuayi for Diego Costa.

Watford

  • Christian Kabasele has suffered an hamstring injury in Friday’s defeat at Everton and has not recovered for tonight’s game;
  • Miguel Britos, Craig Cathcart and Younes Kaboul are all ruled out of Chelsea clash.

 

Predicted Line-Ups

CHELSEA (3-4-3) – Courtois, Azpilicueta, Terry, Ake, Moses, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso, Pedro, Willian, Diego Costa

Manager: Antonio Conte

WATFORD (4-4-2) Gomes; Zuniga, Mariappa, Prodl, Holebas; Janmaat, Capoue, Doucoure, Cleverley; Deeney, Okaka

Manager: Walter Mazzarri

Kick-Off: 8pm BST

Venue: Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was pulled out of West Bromwich’s press conference room while he was speaking to the journalists after the win at the Hawthorns last night.

Chelsea duo David Luiz and Diego Costa – followed closely by captain John Terry – were all protagonists of a brilliant sketch.

The Italian ended the press conference into a small TV studio not far from the press conference room, with the three players waiting for the manager.

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Chelsea players went crazy after the 0-1 win against West Bromwich at the Hawthorns thanks to Batshuayi’s late goal.

Celebrations started on the pitch and continued in the backroom, with Antonio Conte soaked by his players with water at the end of the game.

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