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Despite Antonio Conte dismissing speculations on an a possible Diego Costa’s move to China many English football pundits think there is something true behind what happened in the last days between Chelsea and the Spanish striker.

For instance, former Premier League footballer Danny Mills believes it’s natural that Diego Costa’s head will be turned by a rumoured transfer to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian:

“Suddenly there’s rumours of a bid that, you know, China want to offer him thirty million pounds a year, is it? Of course his head is going to be turned.

“You know, why wouldn’t it? Who wouldn’t have their head turned at that? Who wouldn’t want to go?

“People talk about loyalty – there’s no loyalty from clubs, you know, that’s non-existent in this day and age and you have to remember Costa’s Brazilian.

“You know, he’s already defected his country and gone and played for Spain, he has no affinity to his own country let alone to an English Premier League side, he’s not particularly… I’m sure he likes London but he’s got no real affinity to London. Brazilians move around all the time, it’s what they do.”

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Ex Chelsea player Tony Cascarino claims Blues already found a Diego Costa‘s substitute, should the Spanish striker move to China after an alleged monster offer arrived to him from Tianjin Quanjian:

“That’s the reason we now know why [Fernando] Llorente has come to Stamford Bridge,” the ex forward said to Sky Sports.

“He’s worked with Conte before [at Juventus] but can he do the job Diego has done? Not so well, I’d imagine.”

 

 

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During last night clash at White Hart Lane two Spanish Chelsea players had a little burst-up: Diego Costa and Pedro were seen arguing for over a minute on the pitch in the end of the first half, when the ex Barcelona forward failed to run into space to collect an assist.

The ex Atletico Madrid striker was furious to his team-mate but, anyway, it seemed that everything was already set between the two after the burst up on the pitch.

Costa was reached by IBTimes UK‘s colleagues and explained what happened:

“Nothing happened. We have a great understanding with each other. When you have a trusted relationship and intimacy with a teammate it is normal for these things to happen,” the Brazilian-born-striker claimed.

“It was just a moment during the game, and that’s it. It was nothing. I told him: ‘You have to get in there, why didn’t you go?’ He said ‘I went’ and I said he didn’t. That’s it. Pedro is my brother and we love each other.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta extends with Chelsea until 2020: the full-back, who arrived from Olympique Marseille in 2012, commits to the Blues for four more years.

The Spaniard is looking to make his 200th appearance with Chelsea against Sunderland tomorrow night and after putting pen on the new deal he said:

“I’m really happy to have signed a new contract. Since I arrived here my target was to progress as a player and win trophies. This new contract gives me the chance to continue my relationship with the club, that’s what I wanted and obviously I’m really happy here.

“We’ve had some really good moments so far this season. From day one, we started working very hard. We have a new manager with new ideas and I’m really happy to be working with him. Obviously we can still improve but the long-term aim for us is to win trophies, that is what we all want, the players, manager and fans.”

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Cesar Azpilicueta hails Cesc Fabregas, that was a key man in the win against Manchester City and was back to the starting XI after two months, also thanks to Nemanja Matic‘s injury:

“The passes he did during the win against Manchester City were amazing,” the Spaniard said about his compatriot.

He provided the assist for the goal which got us back into the game. Diego [Costa] scored a very good goal. Not a lot of players can do that kind of pass.

“I have seen him do things like that for years, with Spain as well. The skill that he has is very special. He can see passes before anyone else and is so accurate from such a long distance. Obviously, it is a really difficult thing to do and for others to stop.”

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Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta commented the win against Boro, after which the Blues got the top of the league:

“Always a win and to be top of the table gives you more confidence because this is where we want be and, obviously, even at this stage, it is important,” the Spanish player said after the final whistle.

I enjoy winning, we are in good shape and we are keeping clean sheets, we are scoring goals and that’s the most important thing. We, the players, are enjoying the way we are playing. It is still a long way to go, but we climbed to the top of the table when we had the chance and we have to keep working.

“The most important thing is to finish, in May, in this position. We are there and we are working to keep this place and to try to be there at the end of the season.”

“We know every game is different. We would like to win every game 5-0, but we know that’s not possible.

“The opponents they play and, today, against some moments we had difficulties but we suffered together and the most important thing is that we have the three points, they are massive points.” 

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has missed Spain’s two opening training sessions in Madrid with muscle fatigue and a left groin bruise but Spanish coach Julian Lopetegui reassures about his fitness, saying his issues are not so serious:

“We haven’t discarded Diego for Saturday’s game,” Lopetegui said to Radio Onda Cero.

“We will see how he progresses. It’s true that his recovery has not been as positive as we had expected.

“But we are hopeful that he will feel better tomorrow and we can take a small step forward thinking ahead of Saturday’s game. We have to wait.”

 

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West Ham are lining up an audacious loan move to land Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas to the Olympic Stadium, according to reports in England.

It is understood the 29-year-old could accept to leave Stamford Bridge on a season-long loan and the Hammers seem ready to place a bid for the Spaniard.

Fabregas currently earns around £160,000-a-week in wages and is contracted with the Blues until June 2019.

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He joined Fiorentina in summer 2013 after a not very positive experience at Bolton and moving back to England after three years, he found himself heavily improved: new Chelsea signing Marcos Alonso claims that his Italian spell at the Tuscan side made him a better defender, like he attended a university master in defence:

“Italy is a very competitive league, where most of the teams wait for you,” the Spanish full-back claimed.

“It’s like after uni when you go to do a master’s. Italy is like that for defenders.

“Defend, get into position and they are perfect tactically. They also work a lot on the physical aspect, so I think it’s great for defenders to play in Italy.”

“I have learned a little bit in every country, which is an advantage because you become a more complete player.”

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored the opener as Spain beat 2-0 Albania in the World Cup qualifier last night.

David Silva took advantage of a poor clearance from the goalkeeper and served the ball to the former Atletico star, who let the dance begin before Manchester City starlet Nolito managed to raise up the score.

Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic was the captain in Serbia’s 3-2 win against Austria.

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