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  • Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit believes current boss Antonio Conte was unwise to text striker Diego Costa to tell him he is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge.Costa top-scored for the Blues with 20 Premier League goals last season as they convincingly won the title in Conte's first year in charge.But the relationship between the pair has soured, culminating in a message from the Italian boss saying the Brazilian-born Spain international has no future with the London club.Gullit, who famously fell out with Alan Shearer while in charge at Newcastle, was critical of Conte and believes he has brought pressure on himself. "It's all been instigated about what happened with Diego Costa," Gullit told BBC Five Live. "It's a little bit strange that you hear at the end of the season that you're not welcome, and now he's training somewhere in Brazil and that's not good for Costa, not good for the club, not good for anyone. "(It was) not very wise to do. You..

    Ruud Gullitt not impressed with Antonio Conte’s text to Diego Costa

    Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit believes current boss Antonio Conte was unwise to text striker Diego Costa to tell him he is no longer needed at Stamford Bridge.Costa top-scored for the Blues with 20 Premier League goals last season as they convincingly won the title in Conte's first year in charge.But the relationship between the pair has soured, culminating in a message from the Italian boss saying the Brazilian-born Spain international has no future with the London club.Gullit, who famously fell out with Alan Shearer while in charge at Newcastle, was critical of Conte and believes he has brought pressure on himself. "It's all been instigated about what happened with Diego Costa," Gullit told BBC Five Live. "It's a little bit strange that you hear at the end of the season that you're not welcome, and now he's training somewhere in Brazil and that's not good for Costa, not good for the club, not good for anyone. "(It was) not very wise to do. You..
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  • Diego Costa has pleaded with Chelsea to lower their asking price to allow him to return to Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and head coach Antonio Conte.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jorge Mendes, that Costa could leave this summer.Costa still has two years remaining on his contract. As a consequence, he has been ordered by Chelsea to return to London, get himself match fit and make himself available for selection to give himself any hope of returning to Atletico.But Costa says his former club are being priced out of a move by the Blues."I've demonstrated I care for Atletico and have interest in playi..

    Chelsea pricing me out of Atletico Madrid return – Diego Costa

    Diego Costa has pleaded with Chelsea to lower their asking price to allow him to return to Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and head coach Antonio Conte.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jorge Mendes, that Costa could leave this summer.Costa still has two years remaining on his contract. As a consequence, he has been ordered by Chelsea to return to London, get himself match fit and make himself available for selection to give himself any hope of returning to Atletico.But Costa says his former club are being priced out of a move by the Blues."I've demonstrated I care for Atletico and have interest in playi..
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  • Exiled striker Diego Costa has repeated his wish to return to Atletico Madrid and believes his stand-off with Chelsea will come to an end when he travels to Spain.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and head coach Antonio Conte.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jorge Mendes, that Costa could leave this summer.As a consequence, Costa has been ordered by Chelsea to return to London, get himself match fit and make himself available for selection, as he still has two years remaining on his contract.Costa met with Milton Dantas, the president of the Sergipe Football Association, and afterwards reiterated his desire to return to Atleti..

    Diego Costa not backing down over his wish to swap Chelsea for Atletico Madrid

    Exiled striker Diego Costa has repeated his wish to return to Atletico Madrid and believes his stand-off with Chelsea will come to an end when he travels to Spain.The 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain international signed for £32million from Atletico in July 2014, agreeing a five-year contract, and wishes to return to the Spanish capital.Speaking from his native Lagarto earlier this week, Costa criticised Chelsea and head coach Antonio Conte.Costa claims he was told he was not wanted by a text message sent by Conte during the off-season.But the Blues insist it was decided in January, with the striker and his agent, Jorge Mendes, that Costa could leave this summer.As a consequence, Costa has been ordered by Chelsea to return to London, get himself match fit and make himself available for selection, as he still has two years remaining on his contract.Costa met with Milton Dantas, the president of the Sergipe Football Association, and afterwards reiterated his desire to return to Atleti..
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  • Chelsea want Diego Costa to end his exile, return to London and prove his fitness, Press Association Sport understands. Costa has criticised Chelsea's treatment of him this summer, saying he is "not a criminal", and said he is prepared to remain in exile for a year as he agitates for a return to Atletico Madrid.But it is understood that Chelsea want Costa, as a player with two years remaining on his contract, to return to the club.The Blues also expect the Brazil-born Spain striker to prove his fitness and make himself available for selection, even though he is no longer in head coach Antonio Conte's plans.After being granted an additional week of leave and missing the pre-season tour to Asia, Costa is still to return to London around two weeks after his anticipated arrival.Costa, speaking at his family home in Lagarto, Brazil, said he has not reported for training as he does not want to train with the Blues' reserves, and is happy staying in Brazil and paying club ..

    Chelsea keen for Diego Costa to return to London and prove his fitness

    Chelsea want Diego Costa to end his exile, return to London and prove his fitness, Press Association Sport understands. Costa has criticised Chelsea's treatment of him this summer, saying he is "not a criminal", and said he is prepared to remain in exile for a year as he agitates for a return to Atletico Madrid.But it is understood that Chelsea want Costa, as a player with two years remaining on his contract, to return to the club.The Blues also expect the Brazil-born Spain striker to prove his fitness and make himself available for selection, even though he is no longer in head coach Antonio Conte's plans.After being granted an additional week of leave and missing the pre-season tour to Asia, Costa is still to return to London around two weeks after his anticipated arrival.Costa, speaking at his family home in Lagarto, Brazil, said he has not reported for training as he does not want to train with the Blues' reserves, and is happy staying in Brazil and paying club ..
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  • Chelsea striker Diego Costa remains in exile as he holds out for a move to Atletico Madrid.Here, we identify the key numbers around the Spain international's three years at Stamford Bridge.28 - age£32million - fee paid by Chelsea to Atletico Madrid in July 2014120 - appearances for the Blues, 109 from the start59 - goals for Chelsea52 - Premier League goals in 89 appearances20 - best goal return in the Premier League (in 2014-15 and 2016-17)31 - yellow cards1 - red card12 - games missed through suspension3 - Chelsea managers (Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte)3 - major trophies won (Premier League 2014-15, 2016-17; League Cup 2014-15) Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.

    Diego Costa’s Chelsea career in numbers

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa remains in exile as he holds out for a move to Atletico Madrid.Here, we identify the key numbers around the Spain international's three years at Stamford Bridge.28 - age£32million - fee paid by Chelsea to Atletico Madrid in July 2014120 - appearances for the Blues, 109 from the start59 - goals for Chelsea52 - Premier League goals in 89 appearances20 - best goal return in the Premier League (in 2014-15 and 2016-17)31 - yellow cards1 - red card12 - games missed through suspension3 - Chelsea managers (Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Antonio Conte)3 - major trophies won (Premier League 2014-15, 2016-17; League Cup 2014-15) Source: PA Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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  • Diego Costa has criticised Antonio Conte's treatment of him this summer and pleaded with Chelsea to allow him to join Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old claims he was told he was not wanted via text message by Conte at the end of last season but has yet to leave the club.Costa said he was happy at Stamford Bridge until Conte made it clear he had no future in the Italian's team, and now wants to return to the club he left to join Chelsea in 2014.The striker has not returned for training as he does not want to train with the club's reserves and is happy training in Brazil until his future is resolved. "I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn't want to leave. I was happy. W hen the manager does not want you, you have to go," he told the Daily Mail. "In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it. I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen. "They gave me a week extra..

    Diego Costa criticises Antonio Conte and tells Chelsea to let him join Atletico

    Diego Costa has criticised Antonio Conte's treatment of him this summer and pleaded with Chelsea to allow him to join Atletico Madrid.The 28-year-old claims he was told he was not wanted via text message by Conte at the end of last season but has yet to leave the club.Costa said he was happy at Stamford Bridge until Conte made it clear he had no future in the Italian's team, and now wants to return to the club he left to join Chelsea in 2014.The striker has not returned for training as he does not want to train with the club's reserves and is happy training in Brazil until his future is resolved. "I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn't want to leave. I was happy. W hen the manager does not want you, you have to go," he told the Daily Mail. "In January, things happened with the coach. I was on the brink of renewing my contract and they put the brakes on it. I suspect the manager was behind it. He asked for that to happen. "They gave me a week extra..
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