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AC Milan are confident that Chelsea striker Diego Costa will decide to join the Serie A giants rather than Atletico Madrid this summer, as London Evening Standard reports.

It is understood the Spaniard wants La Liga return despite Los Colchoneros are not able to register new players until January 2017, anyway also AC Milan reportedly placed a £26m bid to land Diego Costa to Italy on a permanent basis.

His agent Jorge Mendes is pushing for a move to the Rossoneri, who also made an enquire over the availability of Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches.

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Renato Sanches won’t leave Bayern Munich, according to Bundesliga giants’ manager Carlo Ancelotti.

The former Chelsea boss retracted Karl-Heinz Rummenigge’s words about the Portuguese star. Rummenigge himself said: “We can sell him on loan or on a permanent deal, I am not the manager but I believe Renato needs regular game time”.

Anyway, Ancelotti is confident that the 18-year-old will stay at Bayern Munich following his recent performances during the pre-season: “On Renato, there’s no news – Ancelotti claimed – He’s started the season with us and he’ll stay with us until the end of the transfer window, on August 31. He played well in our last game”.

It is understood AC Milan have an edge in the race to sign Renato Sanches, with also “at least 10 teams in Europe” interested in the former Benfica star. Chelsea are said to be in talks with Bayern Munich over a possible £40m move.

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SkySports in UK believes that Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has set sights on Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater as he’s looking for a replacement following Nemanja Matic‘s departure to Old Trafford.

Anyway, Leicester are reportedly reluctant to sell the England international, who recently signed a new four-year deal with the Foxes. With Mahrez as a possible signing for AS Roma, Drinkwater could ask to leave the club in order to join the Premier League champions this summer.

As confirmed by SkySports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, “Chelsea are interested in signing the Leicester City midfielder” despite admitting that “Drinkwater is not for sale”.

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Atletico Madrid manager Diego Pablo Simeone hinted at a possible signing of Diego Costa from Chelsea, despite confirming that “we can’t say anything about that yet”.

“Diego Costa? If he comes in January – Simeone said speaking at a press conference – 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 – Simeone added – That is what is important.”

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Atletico Madrid are not closing in on a move to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, as Spanish outlet Marca confirmed tonight.

It is understood the striker wants a reunion with his former teammates at Atleti next season, but Diego Pablo Simeone is said to be in no rush to sign Diego Costa as they are not permitted to register new players until January.

The Chelsea striker has been linked also with a permanent move to AC Milan, with Atletico Madrid reportedly ready to wait until the transfer market Deadline Day.

 

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After the Asian pre-season tour, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois believes Chelsea are on the right way to be competitive also this season in the Premier League.

There are, however, some aspects of the game which need to be improved by the Blues.

“I think the performance was okay,” – Courtois told Chelsea official website commenting the match vs Inter Milan – “In the first half both teams had a lot of possession. They had an early chance and I made a save but just before half-time the referee saw a penalty where there wasn’t one. Azpi played the ball, he might have brushed against the guy with his arm but I don’t think you can say it was a penalty. It was a pity because I saved it but then I was unlucky with the rebound. We didn’t start the second half well, I made a good save and as we were pushing for a goal they hit us on the counter attack. It was a bit like the Bayern game, with us conceding goals on the break so we need to work on that. ‘Some players like Antonio Rudiger only joined recently and he was away at the Confederations Cup with Germany. I don’t think he lost a lot of fitness but he might need a little bit more work, we will all be ready for the season though.”

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Nemanja Matic will play for Manchester United next season, both Chelsea and Red Devils have just confirmed the deal.

The Serbian star will reunite with former Blues’ manager José Mourinho and has put the pen to paper on a three-year-deal to stay at Old Trafford.

Matic, whose move is worth around £40m, will wear the n°31 shirt.

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Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger told the club’s official website he wanted to join the Premier League champions despite having no experience of the league. 

The German international, who featured in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan on Saturday evening, claimed: “I cannot say much about the Premier League because I did not experience it yet, but the Italian league is more tactical”.

“You don’t have open games but here in England it is different, both teams are attacking the whole time so that is the main big difference, and of course the physical aspect in England”.

Then the 24-year-old added: “I think the whole league is a big challenge so I need to be prepared for each game”.

“I wanted to play in the Premier League and it is now years that my name was linked to Chelsea, now I am here and I am very happy. I want to thank all of the people who made this come true”.

Rudiger had a successful spell with Stuttgart between 2011 and 2015, before joining AS Roma in 2015 on a €4m loan with an option to buy of €9m.

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Antonio Conte claims Chelsea have to remain with feet on the ground in the approach of the new season.

The Blues lost their last two games of the Asian tour against Bayern Munich ( 2-3) and Inter ( 1-2) and the Italian manager is concerned his side can repeat the two years ago debacle, with Chelsea dropping to relegation zone in a couple months as defending Premier League champions:

“We know that it will be difficult next season, and we want to avoid the previous season after winning the league. Two years ago, the team finished 10th place in the league and we want to avoid this.

“Two coaches were sacked from Chelsea after they won the league. I want to avoid, and the players want to avoid, the last season with Mourinho.

New £60 million striker Alvaro Morata was given his first start against Inter but struggled to make an impression and was replaced in the second half.

“Morata is starting now and he has to improve his condition a lot. He is working very well and has been with us only five days. Today, he tried to do his best, but for sure, he has to improve.”

About a possible strike partnership with Morata and Michy Batshuayi, Conte said:

“Now, it is necessary because we don’t have other players.”

Conte admits the tight schedule has been tough on his players, but he insists the experience in Singapore made a very positive impression.

“We played against two strong teams in Bayern Munich and Inter Milan in a very important period for us because we are working very hard.

“But to play three games with the same players means we are tired, very tired.

“We must be pleased about the atmosphere and our fans because to find so many Chelsea fans in China and Singapore is great and I think this is big responsibility for us. We have a lot of supporters all over the world and in Singapore there was a fantastic atmosphere.

“I want to thank all of our fans because they were fantastic. We saw a lot of fans a the hotel, waiting for the players’ autographs and photos. I think this is a big responsibility for us.”

The future of Nemanja Matic remains uncertain, this is how Conte replied on this matter:

“I know nothing about this. You have to ask the club.”

The Italian coach was also asked for his thoughts on the incredible long-range own goal that Geoffrey Kondogbia scored in Chelsea’s favour.

“It can happen. People who play football know very well that this kind of thing can happen.”

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