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Chelsea are set to take legal action against striker Diego Costa after his refusal to head back to England to start training with the club this summer.

The Blues gave the Spanish international an extended break after boss Antonio Conte told him that he was not part of his plans this season.

But the Brazilian-born striker has no intention to go back to London, as he claimed in a statement released by GloboEsporte this morning.

The Spanish striker wants to return to Atletico Madrid but he is still under contract with Chelsea, who Costa expects to set him free.

According to The Telegraph, Chelsea bosses cannot stand this situation anymore and having already fined the player £300,000 for his absence, they may now decide to put the matter into the hands of their legal team.

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Chelsea star Diego Costa released a statement on his future and, as expected, it won’t be at Stamford Bridge:

“My destination is already made. I must return to Atletico Madrid,” Brazil’s Globoesporte quoted him.

“It turns out that there is the impasse that Chelsea does not want to release me. But I believe that this situation will be resolved now on my return to Spain.”

“I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. Why won’t they let me go if they don’t want me?

“My desire is to go to Atletico. I’ve spoken to Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. I said, ‘If the manager doesn’t want me, I want to go to Atletico Madrid’.

“They want me to be there training with the reserves. I wouldn’t be allowed access to the first-team dressing room and I would have no contact at all with the guys. I’m not a criminal! I don’t think it is fair after all I have done to be treated like that

 

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Diego Costa is keen to join only one club: Atletico Madrid.

After falling out with Blues boss Antonio Conte at the end of the past season, the Spanish forward didn’t come back from his summer break to train, as he continues his holidays in Brazil, but he is still on Chelsea books.

Despite Atletico’s ban from the market until next year, Costa is discussing his exit from the club with the directors to join the Colchoneros and be ready to play since January 2018.

The Brazilian-born striker rejected AC Milan offer as he is only considering an Atletico return.

Ricardo Cardoso, a lawyer and legal representative of Diego Costa that is part of Jorge Mendes’ company Gestifute, has spoken to Spanish news agency Agencia EFE, and he’s announced that Costa is on the verge of handing in a formal transfer request to speed up his Chelsea exit.

Cardoso also said that Blues manager Antonio Conte has acted “unfairly” to his client, while he claimed the chances of Costa ever playing for Chelsea again are “impossible”.

The lawyer also claimed:

“We are going to use all legal mechanisms to hold Chelsea accountable for their behaviour, making it possible for Diego Costa to leave. We will formally ask for a ‘transfer request”.

 

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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone dropped a big hint about Diego Costa joining back the Spanish side next January.

The Brazilian born striker was left out of Chelsea squad after falling out with manager Antonio Conte and now he’s looking for a new club.

The Colchoneros cannot sign any player in this transfer window for a market ban, but they can do it in January 2018 and that’s when Costa can return to Atletico, as Simeone almost confirmed in a press conference yesterday:

All the players want to stay, they want to achieve even better goals and get even better,” Simeone speaking ahead of the Audi Cup tournament in Germany.

Diego Costa? If he comes in January… 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. That is what is important.”

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Diego Costa was excused from first Chelsea training of the season.

The Spanish striker was set to show up in Cobham with the rest of his team-mates for the start of the pre-season today but he agreed an holidays extension with the club and his representatives as he trying to negotiate a return to Atletico Madrid.

In the past days it was rumoured that Costa would have been in Cobham with the rest of the team squad today, despite a bust-up with manager Antonio Conte, who told him he was not in his plans anymore, but at the end this agreement was found to try to solve the situation before the team will leave for the Asian tour in one week.

 

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Chelsea legend John Terry left the Blues after 22 years among youth teams and first team: yesterday his signing for Aston Villa was announced, with the former Blues skipper admitting he didn’t want to join a Premier League side to not face Chelsea.

Now, Terry admits he would love to return at Stamford Bridge as a manager:

That’s a goal. Me and Lamps [Frank Lampard] have had those conversations. Do you dream too big? I don’t think you can ever dream too big. I’ve always wanted to be the very best and if that’s in management then Chelsea’s the one. That would be incredible but I realise as well you can’t go in somewhere like Chelsea as your first job.

“You need to go and learn, whether that’s in the academy like Stevie [Gerrard] is doing. It’s difficult to get jobs. I see a lot of players from my generation not walking into jobs that maybe I thought they would get. So I think you need to go out and do your work and put your minutes in on the pitch and make your mistakes that no one sees so that when you do go in, you’re kind of ready.”

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Andreas Christensen‘s two-year-loan-spell at Borussia Monchengladbach is ending today.

The Danish defender impressed in these two years at the German side, where he improved a lot as a player.

Now he is set to join Chelsea first team squad for pre-season, but since Christensen is not sure about his future, he hinted to a return to Gladbach in his farewell message to the club on his social network account:

“The break is now almost over, and my time with @borussia has officially come to an end (for now anyway). 

“I wanna thank every one at the club for making my time there unforgettable, thank you to the fans for suporting the team trough thick and thin and a special thank you to my teammates for pushing me everyday. 

“It’s been an honor playing with you

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Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is impressing at Bristol City, where he has scored 21 goals in the season so far but the 19-year-old is not convinced about a Chelsea return, that can be possible next summer as Diego Costa has chances to leave and Michy Batshuayi failed to impress in this first season at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham has revealed he wants to play Premier League football but first team opportunities will be hard to come under Antonio Conte, who prefers to play with more experienced players:

“It’s something that’s played with my mind,” he told the Bristol Post.

“I’ve asked myself the same question and I’ll ask my parents and see what my agents are saying but I think I need to get through this season first and finish on a high.

“It would obviously be a dream for me to be playing in the Premier League but I have to focus here first.”

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Antonio Conte wants to bring back Andreas Christensen to Chelsea: the Danish defender has been loaned to Borussia Monchengladbach in a two-year-deal and he’s impressing in the Bundesliga side.

The German club, anyway, are not really keen to let him return to Stamford Bridge and would like to sign him with a permanent move.

Christensen is still not sure what his future will be, but he claimed that he would like to participate to U21 European Championship:

“I really want to play the finals, but it depends on what happens at club level.

“I have not had a holiday in a really long time. If I’m going back to England I would like to impress my new coach in preseason, so it will not do that I am completely smashed and miss the first week of a training camp.”

The U21 Euros will played in Poland from 16 to 30 June and Denmark are included in a group along with Italy, Germany and Czech Republic.

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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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