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Cesar Azpilicueta has assisted Alvaro Morata f…

Cesar Azpilicueta has
assisted Alvaro Morata for six Premier League goals this season – the
joint-most for one Chelsea to another in a single season (Fabregas-Costa
14-15 and Lampard-Drogba 09-10).

“I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea. I don’t want to have an ungrateful…”

“I have a special affection for the people at Chelsea. I don’t want to have an ungrateful attitude towards Chelsea, because I was also very happy there and played in a great team. Atletico Madrid is my home and here I am. I am very happy. [The negotiations] went on too long, but there was a happy ending in the end. Now I’m waiting to see my team-mates and to train.”

Diego Costa

Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having ‘special affection’ for people at the club. Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but his stay ended in acrimony as he refused to return to the club after being informed by text message that he was not in Antonio Conte’s plans.

Diego Costa ends his Chelsea career w/ 68 goals + assists in 89…

Diego Costa ends his Chelsea career w/ 68 goals + assists in 89 league matches (52G 16A). Always decisive on the pitch, he’ll be missed.

After months of stand-offs and heated debate, Diego Costa is…

After months of stand-offs and heated debate, Diego Costa is finally about to complete his return to Atletico Madrid as he prepares for a medical later today.

According to Spanish newspaper AS, Costa, who joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 for £32million, is expected to attend a medical in Madrid and will be unveiled as an Atletico player in the coming days. A fee in the region of £53million, plus bonuses is to be paid to the Premier League champions.

Eden Hazard says he wants to see Diego Costa end his…

Eden Hazard says he wants to see Diego Costa end his self-imposed exile and “come back” to Chelsea.

Hazard: “Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we have won everything together except for the Champions League. It’s a pleasure to play with him, he’s a top player and a top person. I would like to see him come back, but I don’t make the decisions. I hope he can find a solution so that we can see him back on the pitch soon.”

The Spanish striker has been absent from the Blues fold since failing to report back for pre-season training in July and was left out of the Blues’ Champions League squad on Monday. The 28-year-old has openly expressed his desire to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club only offered half of the £50m Chelsea asked for to allow him to leave.

Diego Costa has received permission to negotiate a move to…

Diego Costa has received permission to negotiate a move to Atletico Madrid instead of joining Chelsea for the start of pre-season training.  Costa was absent at the club’s Cobham training base. The La Liga side has offered around £26 million for Costa’s signature, but Chelsea is not willing to sell for that figure, and negotiations will reportedly continue through the week as a result. Should a deal fail to materialize, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte – who told Costa via text message that he wouldn’t be a part of his plans for the upcoming season – will need to decide if Costa will travel with the club next Monday for its pre-season tour of China and Singapore.

Costa expected to report for pre-season training

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Costa expected to report for pre-season training

Diego Costa is expected to report for Chelsea pre-season training, despite being heavily linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, according to ESPN.

As ESPN report, Costa is determined to push through a move away from the Premier League champions this summer, and a return to former employers Atletico Madrid appears to be on the cards.

However, ESPN believe that there is no agreement between the two clubs for the transfer of Costa, and thus he will be expected to meet up with the Chelsea squad on Monday for training.

Having missed out on signing Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, it may well be best to try and keep hold of Costa, but ESPN report that he has little interest remaining in SW6 next season.

Demanding that he reports for pre-season training with a squad that he likely will not be a part of next season seems a little odd.

Chelsea back in for Swans striker

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Chelsea back in for Swans striker

After failing to secure his services in the January transfer market, Fernando Llorente is set to become the subject of another bid from Chelsea as the reigning Premier League champions look to resolve their growing striker crisis.

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte remains keen on the Spain international “whose height and ability to hold up the ball, suits Chelsea’s system of playing with just one forward”. And who can blame the Chelsea manager for returning to his previous target? After all, it was the Spaniard’s 15 goals last season that helped keep Paul Clement’s struggling Swansea side in the Premier League. What’s more, Llorente worked with Conte during his time with Juventus, meaning that the Italian boss should know how to get the best out of the hitman.

This story comes after the news today that direct title rivals Manchester United had a bid of £75 million accepted for Everton striker and Chelsea transfer target Romelu Lukaku who had looked certain to secure a move back to West London.

Moreover, with unsettled striker Diego Costa looking for a way out of the London club – with Atlético Madrid the most likely destination – Conte and the Chelsea board must act quickly to assemble an attack capable of competing on all four fronts next season.

Chelsea star waves goodbye to teammates ahead of summer exit

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Chelsea star waves goodbye to teammates ahead of summer exit

Diego Costa has said goodbye to his Chelsea teammates ahead of returning to former side Atletico Madrid, according to the Telegraph.

As per the Telegraph, Atletico are preparing their opening offer to re-sign Costa, who has messaged his fellow Chelsea players that he expects to return to the Vicente Calderon this summer, and is still unsure whether he will be reporting for pre-season training.

The Telegraph note that Antonio Conte’s decision to essentially dump his striker by text is looking more and more naive as the days pass, and who could argue?

As it is reported in the article, Romelu Lukaku is now on the verge of joining Manchester United, leaving Chelsea with their top goalscorer heading for the exit door and their top target joining their title rivals. The whole thing is an absolute mess.

Conte and the Chelsea board need to act fast in the transfer market in order to avoid a potentially costly striker crisis.

10 Things that Contributed to Chelsea’s EPL Success in 2016/2017

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10 Things that Contributed to Chelsea’s EPL Success in 2016/2017

Having been crowned the champions of the undisputed Premier League in 2017, we delve into some of the reasons that propelled Chelsea to the top of the league, far ahead of its perennial arch-rivals Arsenal, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

Here are 10 things that made Chelsea FC tick.

1. Revamping Cohesion and Teamwork

Conte moved fast to enhance a sense of unity inside Chelsea by setting up a supper club for all the coaches and players. They could all go out as a group and eat in trendy establishments such as Nobu restaurant.

2. The Signing of N’Golo Kante

Though he came in through a low-key £30 million signing, Kante has obviously been a big asset to the team as he is has been seen to be doing the work of two men.

Voted as the PFA player of the year, the midfielder even managed to enhance his performance in Leicester during their title-winning season. He obviously played a huge role in Chelsea’s EPL title campaign.

3. Bringing Back David Luiz

To many, bringing back the Brazilian was a big gamble for the team, as he seemed not to fit Conte’s safety-first style. However, the Italian tactician created the ideal position for Luiz in between the back three which seemed to work perfectly for him.

david luiz v liverpool
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4. The Back Three Magic

For a long time, three has remained Chelsea’s magic number. With three goals down against Arsenal at the 55th minute, Conte brought in summer signing Marcos Alonso in the place of Cesc Fabregas; a change that was perhaps the most significant in the season.

The new-look back three went ahead to ensure that the team conceded no more goals. Conte seemed to have finally found a combination he could trust as they went on to beat Hull City.

5. Change of Goalkeeping Coach

Working under Christophe Lollichon was increasingly becoming unbearable for Thibaut Courtois. This prompted Antonio Conte to opt for the services of his own expert, Gianluca Spinelli, a move that convinced the Belgian to stay as his performance improved considerably.

Technically relegating Lollichon, who known to be tight with club owner Roman Abramovich was definitely a very bold move which handsomely paid off.

6. Delivering a Win at Manchester City

It is at this very moment in December 2016 that Conte’s side began believing that they could actually win the EPL title. Just one year earlier, Pep Guardiola’s team would have comfortably beaten them after conceding to one goal and struggling to keep the ball.

However, Conte’s men went ahead to display an impressive clinical edge, which would become a permanent feature of their entire campaign.

7. Catching up with Arsenal’s Record

Conte’s side went ahead to beat Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City, as well as Tottenham Hotspur, in their winning run that caught up with Arsenal’s record in just one season. From October all the way to January, Chelsea was unassailable as they opened up an impressive six-point lead at the table’s apex.

After the Blues’ 13th victory against Stoke, Spurs were already 5th and 13 points behind; a range that was definitely too much close. Apparently, the Italian tactician out-maneuvered Mourinho, Guardiola and Klopp.

8. Relegating Diego Costa

This is where things could have gone really wrong. Costa obviously had his head swollen by a huge January offer from Tianjin Quanjian – Chinese club – and hence often quarrelled with Conte during training sessions.

When Conte took the gamble to drop Costa during their trip to Leicester City, the bold decision paid off as they went ahead to win 3-0. The Italian had clearly asserted his authority and Costa would make a goal-scoring comeback the following week when Chelsea played against Hull City.

Diego Costa
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9. Pedro’s Magical Goal

The Blues’ trip to Everton was the real game changer. It was the last big test of Chelsea’s campaign and they cracked it thanks to Pedro’s magical goal that left many online betting fans’mouths wide open.

The Spaniard’s superb second-half strike will remain edged in the memories of many Chelsea supporters as it made the side cruise to victory crushing hopes Tottenham held onto.

10. Making Hazard Lose Weight

In order to get the best out of Eden Hazard, Conte knew that his first step was to ensure that the Belgian cut down his body fat. He took stringent measures of cutting fizzy drinks, pizza, and ketchup out his players’ diet in order to achieve this goal.