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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante failed to win against teammate Pedro, who emerged victorious in the European friendly fixture between France and Spain.  

France were defeated 2-0 in Paris thanks to Gerard Deulofeu, who replaced Chelsea winger Pedro before bagging a penalty which David Silva converted to a goal. Then Deulofeu scored securing Julen Lopetegui‘s men a massive victory against a tough team.

Both Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa were unused substitutes.


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Chelsea striker Diego Costa ‘is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp’, as confirmed by Spain National Team today.

The Spaniard, who scored in Spain 4-1 win over Israel on Friday night, suffered an injury to his foot and ankle.

Anyway, an official statement regarding the 28-year-old, read: “Diego Costa was forced to leave the training session after being injured on his foot and ankle, due to which he was submited to a series of tests (X-ray and TAC) at Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, where finally he was given the ok”. 

“The footballer is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp. Chelsea FC medical services were informed of the player’s condition.”

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Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante revealed that his career could change when, in summer, 2015, he was close to join Olympique Marseille instead of signing for Leicester City.

The French midfielder eventually signed for the Foxes and was a key-man in the incredible title-winning campaign last year and signed for Chelsea last summer, where he became a key-player for Antonio Conte‘s side as well.

“Among the clubs that most wanted to recruit me were Marseille and Leicester,” Kante told Canal +.

“I thought I had to go through a stage in France. I remember the generation of [Mamadou] Niang, [Franck] Ribery and Samir Nasri and it was a team that I liked, especially in the Champions League.”

Kante also had his say on the PFA Players’ Player of the Year Award, with the midfielder remaining humble and suggesting others deserve the gong ahead of him.

“There are quite a few players in the Premier League who deserve this award.

“There is Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and David Luiz in my team.”


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Antonio Conte is worried after a couple of his stars suffered minor injuries while on international duty: both Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois picked up knocks with their national teams during the weekend.

The Belgian goalkeeper will miss Belgium’s match with Russia tomorrow in a friendly after picking up a hip injury, however is hoping to be back in time for Saturday’s league match.

Costa suffered an ankle injury during the training with Spain yesterday, a thing that was confirmed by Spanish football association:

“Diego Costa was forced to leave the training session after being injured on his foot and ankle, due to which he was submitted to a series of tests (X-ray and TAC) at Sanitas Clinic in La Moraleja, where finally he was given the ok.

“The footballer is still under observation and will remain with the team during training camp,Chelsea FC medical services were informed of the players’ condition.”

Speaking to Radio Onda Cero Spanish national team coach Julen Lopetegui added:

“In principle he will come with us to Paris. As it was only a knock, but not an injury, we will see how evolves. Sometimes when it’s only a knock the evolution it’s surprisingly positive. It looked big but fortunately it has been only a scare”.



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Diego Costa continues to scare Chelsea fans with uncertain comments about his future.

Speaking to TF1 programa Telefoot, the Spanish striker praised French sides claiming that, despite being happy at Chelsea, everything can happen in the future:

Marseille have constructed a nice project. PSG, we know, are respected in Europe.

Monaco also have a wonderful project and have some great players. Ligue 1 is developing.

“I am very happy at Chelsea but anything can happen in football. If I need to make a change, France is a country where I have never played. So why not?”

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Spain faced Israel in World Cup qualifying keeping the top of the table and remaining level on points with Italy, which managed Antonio Conte before joining Chelsea last summer..

Blues’ striker Diego Costa scored for Spain in their 4-1 win at Gijon, while both Cesar Azpilicueta and Pedro were unused subs by head coach Julen Lopetegui.

Here’s Group G table:

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Chelsea star Pedro spoke after being selected in 25-man Spain squad for their incoming games against Israel (World Cup Qualifier) and France (friendly).

“It’s a new chance for me, a new challenge, - said Pedro when asked about head coach Julen LopeteguiWe are looking at how he wants to play, his ideas. He’s another coach to add to the list in my career. I’m pleased to meet with team-mates and experiencing a good moment with my club. I am happy to be here”.

Then he added: “We all come to join the team with the coach’s requests. I work at 100 per cent and try to compete at the top level. I have to make the most of the chances I’m given. I’m happy to be back and to train with the squad”.


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Some Chelsea‘s fans didn’t like Diego Costa’s comments who said he has “done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid“.

So, some Blues supporters use Twitter to express their disappointment at the stiker’s words: “The way Costa’s been playing lately shows how he doesn’t want to stay in Chelsea; let him go and get players that want us” or Get £60-£70m for Diego Costa in the summer and go all out for Lukaku win win” and “Costa should be allowed to go to China. Bellotti is a good player” are just few of the comments posted on the social network during the day.

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Diego Costa admitted today that he really wanted to leave Chelsea last summer and his former team-mate Pato reveals that he won’t be surprised if the Spanish striker will move from Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window.

The Brazilian forward became friend with Costa during his spell at the Blues last year and, after moving to Villareal in summer 2016, he then joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian, whose manager is Italian football legend Fabio Cannavaro:

“I became a partner of Diego Costa at Chelsea,” Pato told Marca.

“He could help a lot. We do not know anything, but I know for sure this summer we will sign a major player, high level.”

When pushed further, he added: “I don’t know. I limit myself to playing.”

Chelsea already sold three players to Chinese sides in the past year: Ramires ( Jiangsu Suning) Oscar ( Shanghai SIPG) and John Obi Mikel ( Tianjin Teda) and Costa allegedly received huge offers from a coupld of Chinese clubs last January, a thing that led him to an argument with manager Antonio Conte, who left him out of the squad for a week.

Pato, anyway, admits he is not the person who can take transfer market decisions at his club:

“It’s Fabio Cannavaro who deals with these things, along with the president.

“I am sincere in this.”

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Chelsea star Diego Costa admits he pushed for Atletico Madrid return last summer but he was forced to stay at Stamford Bridge since the Rojiblancos didn’t wait for him.

“Atletico knows I have a special feeling for the team, I lived the best moment of my career there. El Cholo [Diego Simeone] knows it wasn’t impossible for me to come back to Atletico,” Costa told to Spanish media El Larguero.

“The relationship with Conte didn’t start well because when he arrived I told him I wanted to go to Atletico. Chelsea’s fans love me a lot, even more than in Atletico, figure that!

“When Atletico had to wait for me they didn’t, there was still a month to go in the transfer market.

“I’ve done everything to come back to Atletico Madrid but I wouldn’t fight the same to return. When Atletico didn’t wait for me, I had to go to Conte with the tail between my legs.”


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