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Chelsea will face  in the Fa Cup quarter-finals: this the outcome of the draw which took place few minutes ago.

Antonio Conte’s team will play at Stamford Bridge between 10th and 13th March. The Blues have qualified for the Fa Cup quarter finals after defeating Wolverhampton Saturday afternoon with two goals from Pedro and Diego Costa.

Jose Mourinho’s team, however, played Blackburn Rovers in the fifth round today and won his match 2-1, after trailing the Championships’ side due to Daniel Graham early goal.

In the other quarter finals Middlesbrough will play the winner of Manchester City-Huddersfield; Tottenham will face Millwall in a London derby; and Sutton-Arsenal’s winner will host Lincoln.

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Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo dismissed speculations on Diego Costa‘s return to the Spanish side.

When asked if the Blues striker could be back to Colchoneros next summer, he replied:

“He is at a great club.

“They say he is going to China, but I don’t see Chelsea letting him go,”added Cerezo.

The Spanish chairman was also asked if Manchester City star Sergio Agüero could join back after leaving the club in summer 2011, this is what he replied:

“If he had left in a normal and cordial manner then there would have been no problem, but I don’t know what happened to him.”

 

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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford returned to London after ending his loan spell at Burnley.

The Clarets announced it with a tweet:

“Patrick Bamford has ended his loan spell with Burnley after being recalled by parent club Chelsea”.

The 23-year-old failed to break into Sean Dyche‘s first team plans during his time at Turf Moor founding himself behind Sam Vokes and Andre Gray in the pecking order.

The Blues are likely to attempt to find a new club for the English forward, with Middlesbrough a possible destination.

Bamford was already loaned out to the Teesside club in the 2014-2015 season during which time he scored 17 goals but in his following loan spells he always failed to reach expectations.

 

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Asked about Diego Costa’s return after the striker apparently suffered a lower back injury in the past week Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said he is unsure on the timing the Spaniard will be back:

“I don’t know how long it will take, I don’t have his pain,” the Italian manager said after the win over Leicester City.

“We’ll see about this next week.”

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Chelsea loanee Andreas Christensen is impressing at Borussia Monchengladbach and despite the Bundesliga side is aiming to sign the Danish defender on a permanent deal, the Blues are keen to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.

But Speaking to Danish newspaper BT the centre-back’s father Sten confirmed his son will probably join the London side on a permanent basis next summer:

Chelsea would like Andreas back, and that they have wanted that for a long time. But it was an unbreakable two-year lease, so there was nothing to do. They have worked to get him back before the time, but Gladbach would not let him.Instead, they’d like to buy Andreas.

 

“As it is right now, he’s at Chelsea again this summer. It is important for Andreas that he plays. He will not return to Chelsea and sit on the bench. It is the transfer window which determines how Andreas’ situation becomes in the summer. If Chelsea buy ten central defenders, it may well be that we need to do something else.”

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Nathan Ake revealed why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte wanted to end his loan spell at Bournemouth, calling him back at Stamford Bridge:

“He’s happy for me to come back,” the Dutch midfielder told Chelsea TV after his move back to the Blues was confirmed.

“He wants to see me here, how I’ll do in this team and, yes, to learn different positions.

“I’m looking forward to training and learning a lot under this coach.”

 

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Speaking to ESPN Sports Chelsea defender David Luiz explained why he returned to the Blues after a two-year-spell at Paris Saint Germain:

“I lived here for many years before moving to Paris,” the Brazilian defender said.

“About the structure, what I found has not changed much.

“It’s all top-notch. They [Chelsea] offer us the best conditions to do what we love, which is to play football.

“I love this club and I saw that if I came back it was because there was a story to continue.

“I did not win the Premier League during my first spell and this is a goal I have now: to help where I can to win this championship. Conte has been great in that regard.”

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Diego Costa starts the year giving an outspoken interview to Chelsea official website.

The Spanish striker reflects on Antonio Conte‘s fantastic impact at the Blues:

“The manager has come, he’s applied his ideas, and things are going well,” the Brazilian born forward reveals.

“The truth is the manager is good with the players, every time making more jokes with the players. That’s good for us, to have a manager who is not just a boss, but like a person we can talk with, someone whose support we can count on in difficult moments.

“He is calm with the players and you can see the people love him more all the time.”

Diego Costa admitted he was close to leave to return to Atletico Madrid:

“I was about to leave but not because of Chelsea, because here there’s a lot of love with the supporters so I’m very happy here, I’m very content.

“Here, the people love me a lot. There was one thing I wanted to change for family reasons but it wasn’t to be and I continue to be happy here. It was important too that the manager, from the very first minute, said he counted on me.

Costa continues speaking about his season:

“Things are coming out well for me this season, but it’s very important that the team has other players, like Michy Batshuayi, who can do well, and that the manager knows he has good players that can replace me.”

Costa also explains why the good atmosphere is fundamental:

“If you work hard and there’s not a good atmosphere, the work doesn’t mean a thing.

“You can run 20km, 80, 100, and if there’s no spirit between the players, the coaches, as colleagues, it won’t come out as well. Work goes well if you give your best with the guy beside you.

“The team is very good, when we win the atmosphere is like this, but it’s important that during the week we train seriously, so we approach games like this.

“It’s important to keep winning games.

Speaking about the upcoming derby with Spurs, he said:

“Both teams want to win. It’s a London derby so the match is played a bit stronger, but there’s no problem with it. We go there looking to do the best we can.”

 

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Diego Costa was very close to Atletico Madrid return last summer, the Spanish striker himself admitted it in a recent interview when asked about this matter:

“Could I have gone in the summer? Yes, yes. I was about to leave,” the striker said. 

“I was about to but, well, I’m happy here as well and that’s that. 

“Did I want to go? Yes, yes. I had the possibility to go to Atletico, because of a few things, the family, the life I have there but not because of Chelsea, because, here, there’s a lot of love with the supporters, with the people, so I’m here very happy, I’m very content.” 

Now, also Colchoneros manager Diego Simeone reveals the Chelsea striker was close to go back to Vicente Calderón and he has not lost hope about the deal:

“You never know if situations might change. 

“It is impossible to think about it, because it did not happen,” he concluded speaking about the failed attempt to bring back Costa to Atletico.

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