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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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  • Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored brilliant first-half goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night to register a resounding 5-1 aggregate Supercopa win.Zinedine Zidane's side, comfortable 3-1 first-leg winners on Sunday, put Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game ban behind them by out-playing their arch-rivals again as moments of magic from Asensio and Benzema put them out of sight.Asensio's superb, swerving early strike set the tone at the Bernabeu and Benzema added a second six minutes before half-time to leave a dispirited Barca staring at a heavy defeat.Ernesto Valverde's side improved in the second period, with both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez seeing efforts hit the woodwork, but Real were by then in cruise control.Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Isco, star of the show at Camp Nou three days ago, were left on the bench, while Barca were without injured captain Andres Iniesta and his absence clearly told.Barca found themselves behind in the fourth minute..

    Real Madrid dazzle as they finish off poor Barcelona in Supercopa second leg

    Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema scored brilliant first-half goals as Real Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on the night to register a resounding 5-1 aggregate Supercopa win.Zinedine Zidane's side, comfortable 3-1 first-leg winners on Sunday, put Cristiano Ronaldo's five-game ban behind them by out-playing their arch-rivals again as moments of magic from Asensio and Benzema put them out of sight.Asensio's superb, swerving early strike set the tone at the Bernabeu and Benzema added a second six minutes before half-time to leave a dispirited Barca staring at a heavy defeat.Ernesto Valverde's side improved in the second period, with both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez seeing efforts hit the woodwork, but Real were by then in cruise control.Madrid pair Gareth Bale and Isco, star of the show at Camp Nou three days ago, were left on the bench, while Barca were without injured captain Andres Iniesta and his absence clearly told.Barca found themselves behind in the fourth minute..
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  • Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted he felt "inferior" to Real Madrid for the first time after his side were humbled by their arch-rivals in the Supercopa de Espana.Madrid won 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory, with goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema sealing the win as Zinedine Zidane was able to leave Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench despite the suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo. Barca, still reeling from the shock departure of Neymar to Paris St Germain, were a long way from their best as they struggled to threaten Madrid - their only goal across the two legs coming from the penalty spot. It has been a humbling experience for Barcelona, who are now hoping to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele and restore their swagger."This a long process and there is room for improvement, but in the nine years that I have been here, it is the first time that I feel inferior to Madrid," Pique said."We are not in the best moment, either as a team or as..

    Barca’s Gerard Pique feels ‘inferior’ to Real Madrid after Supercopa loss

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique admitted he felt "inferior" to Real Madrid for the first time after his side were humbled by their arch-rivals in the Supercopa de Espana.Madrid won 2-0 on Wednesday night to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory, with goals from Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema sealing the win as Zinedine Zidane was able to leave Gareth Bale and Isco on the bench despite the suspension of Cristiano Ronaldo. Barca, still reeling from the shock departure of Neymar to Paris St Germain, were a long way from their best as they struggled to threaten Madrid - their only goal across the two legs coming from the penalty spot. It has been a humbling experience for Barcelona, who are now hoping to sign Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele and restore their swagger."This a long process and there is room for improvement, but in the nine years that I have been here, it is the first time that I feel inferior to Madrid," Pique said."We are not in the best moment, either as a team or as..
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