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Atletico Expect Chelsea Response On Diego Costa
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Atletico Expect Chelsea Response On Diego Costa

The Spain international is currently away from Chelsea's squad, having not returned from his native Brazil for pre-season training in an attempt to force a move back to Los Rojiblancos. However, the ball remains firmly in the London club's court as Atletico have submitted an offer that has not yet been responded to. The proposal that Diego Simeone's side have offered is worth 60 million euros, with an initial fixed amount and certain variables that would likely be based on performance-related incentives. Should Chelsea decide to accept Atletico's offer, discussions will swiftly begin with Jorge Mendes, Costa's agent, in attempt to ensure that the 28-year-old is ready to start immediately in January. In the offices of the Wanda Metropolitano, confidence is growing that a deal will be co...
Diego Costa Did Not Catch His Flight Back To London
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Diego Costa Did Not Catch His Flight Back To London

This suggests that there has been a recent change of plans. Chelsea were expecting Costa to return to London and to train with the club's reserves, but his agent Jorge Mendes has been working in recent days to force through a transfer to Atletico Madrid in January - when Los Rojiblancos can once again register players, following their transfer ban - and the hope is that when Costa does return to Europe that he will fly directly to the Spanish capital. For the moment, though, Chelsea have not agreed to let Costa leave the club without first reporting back after his three-month summer holiday and they may yet send him another boarding pass, with London the destination. The waiting game goes on.
Costa Hopeful £53million Atletico Madrid Deal Can Be Concluded This Week
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Costa Hopeful £53million Atletico Madrid Deal Can Be Concluded This Week

Atletico are making a revised proposal of £40million, plus £9m in add-ons and a £4m bonus payment for Costa's early release. Costa wants to travel to Madrid on Tuesday night where he hopes to stay and train while the clubs thrash out terms. Chelsea wanted Costa to return to training and settle his difference prior to agreeing to his sale but there is also a desire to get the matter resolved quickly so it doesn't become a greater distraction to Antonio Conte's plans. The two sides meet in the Champions League on September 27 and are keen to have a deal resolved before then. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal are also showing an interest in taking him on a short term loan until January. Despite posting images of his own workouts, Costa has not trained properly since the end of the s...
Del Piero Maintains Cannot Call Barcelona v Juventus “David And Goliath”
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Del Piero Maintains Cannot Call Barcelona v Juventus “David And Goliath”

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT), follow the build-up and action as it happens from both Barcelona-Juventus and Roma-Atletico Madrid. “You could’ve called it David and Goliath three years ago in the Champions League Final, but not today,” Del Piero told Sky Sport Italia. “These are two teams who have changed a great deal and now we need to see how this Barcelona works with its new arrivals and without Neymar. “Juventus remain the best-equipped Italian side to win the Champions League. They are among the favourites with Real Madrid and Barcelona, but I’d add in Bayern Munich and PSG, depending on how Neymar settles in. “Paulo Dybala has to grow and confirm his status as Dybala, not as the heir to Leo Messi. Someone like Messi is really born only once every 20-30 years.” ...
Atletico Madrid Have Two Doubts For Their Olimpico Line-Up
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Atletico Madrid Have Two Doubts For Their Olimpico Line-Up

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time (18.45 GMT) at the Stadio Olimpico, the opening Champions League group game. The Giallorossi are without Emerson Palmieri, Luca Pellegrini, Rick Karsdorp, Patrik Schick and Nura. Alessandro Florenzi is ready for his comeback after rupturing his ACL twice over the last year, but not from the start, so Peres gets the nod at right-back and Defrel in the trident attack with Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti. Atletico Madrid have some concerns going into the game, as Coach Diego Simeone’s line-up could change. The two issues are to do with right-back, where Juanfran is the favourite over ex-Sassuolo man Sime Vrsaljko, and in attack. Kevin Gameiro was tested alongside Antoine Griezmann in training and is increasingly likely to start rather than veteran Fernando Torr...
Seven Real Madrid Players Await Their Champions League Debuts
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Seven Real Madrid Players Await Their Champions League Debuts

Dani Ceballos, Theo Hernandez, Jesus Vallejo, Marcos Llorente, Achraf Hakimi, Luca Zidane and Borja Mayoral have never featured in the competition and are waiting to make their debuts - sooner, they hope, rather than later. For all of them, everything that they went through at Valdebebas on Tuesday was a new experience, from playing with the ball adorned with the famous stars to the new logo on the jersey to the increased media presence. It was a special morning as they prepare for their Champions League opener against APOEL, although they are aware that few of them will make their tournament debut on Wednesday. Theo and Mayoral have the biggest opportunity to potentially feature, as the former Atletico Madrid man has played more than any other summer signing so far, while injury to Kar...
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Roma CEO Umberto Gandini: Starting With Atletico Madrid Is A Tough Obstacle

The Giallorossi welcome the Spanish side to the Stadio Olimpico tonight, and the director spoke to Tuttomercatoweb before the traditional lunch meeting of their respective clubs. “They’re all important and decisive matches,” Gandini said. “Certainly starting with Atletico is a tough obstacle. It’s a difficult, balanced group so starting well is crucial. “It will also depend on the results the other teams get, there are three teams who can all take points off each other [Chelsea, Roma, and Atleti]. “It’s assumed that Qarabag will be the weakest team, but we’ll see. “Francesco Totti? He’s getting on well in his new role, we’re happy. He’s got everything to do well.”
Monchi: Roma Want To Go Far In This Season’s Champions League
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Monchi: Roma Want To Go Far In This Season’s Champions League

The sporting director met with his Atletico Madrid counterparts in Palazzo Manfredi ahead of today’s match, and he spoke briefly to reporters after leaving the traditional lunch. “We face the Champions League with great hope, because this is a crucial tournament,” Monchi said. “The last few years haven’t gone well so the objective is to go as far as possible. They’re regulars at this, they’re a complicated rival but we have to face these great sides.”
Chelsea New 3rd Kit: We Are The Pride
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Chelsea New 3rd Kit: We Are The Pride

The kit is available immediately but Chelsea will not wear it until they take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on September 27. Blues new boys Antonio Rüdiger and Tiémoué Bakayoko linked up with Marcos Alonso to release the camouflage strip. A series of dark greys are used with a camo knit design, accompanied with light blue stripes across the shoulders an arms.
Atletico Madrid To Wrap Up Diego Costa Deal This week
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Atletico Madrid To Wrap Up Diego Costa Deal This week

Until now the London-based team had been refusing to negotiate, instead insisting that the unwanted striker had to first return to England after three months of holiday in Brazil to train with the Blues' reserves. Costa, however, was refusing to come back until Chelsea altered their stance and agreed to enter into talks with Los Rojiblancos, something his agent has communicated to the club. As such, Chelsea have now been convinced and a deal for the 28-year-old to leave Stamford Bridge should be finalised this week, assuming all goes to plan. A fee of around 60 million euros is being discussed, which would make Costa the most expensive signing in Atleti history - although it remains to be seen how much of that amount would be guaranteed and how much would be dependent upon performance-r...
Cahill Says Chelsea Are Back Where They Belong
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Cahill Says Chelsea Are Back Where They Belong

Antonio Conte’s side play our first fixture in this season’s competition tomorrow night at Stamford Bridge and Cahill, who has missed our last three Premier League matches due to suspension, is pleased to be in contention once again. ‘I’m delighted to be back and available for selection,’ said the defender. ‘It was a disappointing first game for me but that’s in the past and now I’m itching to play, and looking forward to getting back involved with the squad. ‘Any footballer will tell you the most frustrating thing is not being able to play, and with the internationals it’s been a long time that I’ve been out, but all you can do is try to influence the lads and train as hard as you can because they have important fixtures to prepare for, so you’re involved in that process. It’s frustrati...
Strootman: I’ve Never Thought About Leaving Roma
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Strootman: I’ve Never Thought About Leaving Roma

Speaking alongside Coach Eusebio Di Francesco at a Press conference for Roma’s Champions League opener against Atletico Madrid, Strootman also expressed his delight at representing the Giallorossi in Europe’s elite club competition again. “Playing in the Champions League is important,” began the midfielder. “We fought hard to finish second and play. The defeat to Porto was a heavy blow for us, and last year we didn’t start the season well because of it. “We can play in the Champions League against great teams, for us it’s great. “Can a midfield of Strootman, Nainggolan, De Rossi, Gonalons and Pellegrini make a difference? You forgot Gerson… “Everyone says we have a strong midfield, but that’s what we always have to do. De Rossi has played very well in Europe and at the World Cup. He h...
Chelsea Vs Qarabag: Blues To Set Marker With Big Win Over Debutants
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Chelsea Vs Qarabag: Blues To Set Marker With Big Win Over Debutants

Chelsea’s Champions League campaign gets underway with what should prove to be a straightforward assignment at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s men face Azerbaijani champions Qarabag, who are making their debut in the group stages of this competition and the odds compilers offer just 3/25 (1.12) that the Blues bag a win in their Group C curtain-raiser in west London on Tuesday night. Chelsea, of course, were the last English team to secure the silverware in this competition – back in 2012 - and Conte’s charges will be expected to make a bold bid to regain the trophy this term; if the west Londoners are to be considered as contenders, victory in this match is, surely, essential. Qarabag have already won three ties to reach this stage of the competition – against Samtredia, Sheriff Tirasp...
‘Chelsea Are Ready To Win The Champions League’ – Hazard
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‘Chelsea Are Ready To Win The Champions League’ – Hazard

Eden Hazard has said that Chelsea are capable of winning the Champions League as they return to the competition following a one-year absence. The Belgium superstar has won the Premier League, League Cup and Europa League with the Blues and also claimed Ligue 1 and Coupe de France medals at previous club Lille. However, Chelsea's sole success in the Champions League came in the season prior to his arrival and the diminutive forward has been frustrated in his quest for a winners' medal. Hazard played his first domestic match of the season in Saturday's 2-1 win over Leicester City after recovering from an ankle injury and is in line to face Qarabag in Chelsea's Group C opener on Tuesday. And the 26-year-old, who has in the past been linked with Real Madrid, is keen to make up for lost tim...
Atletico Madrid Work-Out With Focus On Roma
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Atletico Madrid Work-Out With Focus On Roma

The starters against Valencia worked out in the gym while the rest had a more vigorous session on the pitch. Godin, Gimenez, Gabi, Gaitan, Griezmann, Gameiro, Torres and Vrsaljko exercised together with the goalkeepers separately while coach Diego Simeone and his assistant Mono Burgos had a lengthy chat. Despite hammering Las Palmas 5-1 away, they never showed enough attacking pressure against a solid looking Valencia and lacked the pace and movement of the suspended Antoine Griezmann.
Roma’s Champions League Opener Against Atletico Madrid referee named
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Roma’s Champions League Opener Against Atletico Madrid referee named

The Giallorossi kick off their Group C campaign at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday evening. They face Diego Simeone’s Spanish side, twice losing finalists in recent years. Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are also present in a tough-looking group, which also features Azerbaijani outsiders Qarabag. Mazic will be assisted by compatriots Milovan Ristic and and Dalibor Djurdjevic, with Nemanja Petrovic named as the fourth official.
Aguero Becomes Top-Scoring Non-European Player In Premier League History
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Aguero Becomes Top-Scoring Non-European Player In Premier League History

With his first-half strike against Liverpool on Saturday, Sergio Aguero set the record for most goals scored by a non-European player in Premier League history. The Manchester City striker tallied his 124th career Premier League goal, breaking Dwight Yorke's mark of 123. Kevin De Bruyne sent the Argentina striker through in the 24th minute, and Aguero rounded Simon Mignolet and slotted home to give City a 1-0 lead. The 29-year-old initially joined City in 2011 from Atletico Madrid, and has helped the Blues to two Premier League titles during his time with the club. Aguero has now scored in all six Premier League home games he's faced Liverpool.
Chelsea Move Costa’s Car To Reserves’ Car Park And Give Away His Locker
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Chelsea Move Costa’s Car To Reserves’ Car Park And Give Away His Locker

Earlier in the summer the striker received a text message from Antonio Conte which told him that he was no longer part of Chelsea's plans and the 28-year-old has since spent his summer in Brazil, earning fines for refusing to return to training. Now, the London-based club have decided to move his car from the first-team car park to that of the reserves, while they've also given away the locker he had been using last season, according to reports from England. Costa knows that Chelsea want to make an example of him and that he must return to the UK to train with the youth teamers if he wants negotiations with Atletico Madrid to move any further forward.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético Era Has Already Been The Longest In Club History
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Diego Simeone’s Atlético Era Has Already Been The Longest In Club History

Diego Simeone signed a new contract at Atlético Madrid on Tuesday that will keep the Argentinean schemer at the club up to 2020. If he sees out of the remaining three years on his deal he will have been in charge of Atlético for some 3,113 days, making him by far the longest-serving manager in a single stint in the club’s history.El Cholo already holds the record for the Atlético boss with the most consecutive days in charge. On July 19 he reached 2,037 days, beating the previous mark set by Ricardo Zamora in the early 1940s, when the club was known as Atlético Avación. Simeone currently stands on 2,083, with only Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and Angers’ Stéphane Moulin having been in charge of their clubs longer across Europe’s top five leagues.However, even by 2020 Simeone will not have reach...
Lopetegui Warns Diego Costa To Get Fit Or Risk His World Cup Place
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Lopetegui Warns Diego Costa To Get Fit Or Risk His World Cup Place

While his relationship with his Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is still on the ropes, Julen Lopetegui is now worried that his main striker won't be fit for the upcoming tournament.As reported by Radio MARCA, the coaching staff of La Roja already informed Costa that in order to be included in the call-ups for the World Cup in Russia, he needs to rack up more playing time.The 28-year-old striker, who wasn't registered in the Blues' list for the Champions League, has gone the whole summer without attending his club's training sessions.On the other hand, a potential move back to Atletico Madrid in January might increase the player's chances to regain his spot in Lopetegui's starting lineup in the months before the World Cup.
Chelsea Striker Diego Costa Returns To London After Nearly Three Months In Brazil
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Chelsea Striker Diego Costa Returns To London After Nearly Three Months In Brazil

The main reason for his refusal to return to the UK was the fact that you told him he isn't needed for the 2017/18 season and that the Italian ordered him to train with the reserves.However, it appears that the 28-year-old has finally agreed to accept the Blues' wishes and to recover his fitness with their reserves, at the same time as negotiations continue to finalise a January return to Atletico Madrid.From Chelsea's point of view, they did not want to allow him to force his way out of Stamford Bridge for fear of setting a precedent, and director Marina Granovskaia was not willing to push on with negotiations until the Spain international came back.Given that ultimatum, Atletico were also keen for Costa to resolve his differences with his current club and he received calls from Andrea Be...
Manzano On Paulinho: He Is Not Just Any Footballer
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Manzano On Paulinho: He Is Not Just Any Footballer

The former Atletico Madrid manager is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng, and he has praised the former Tottenham midfielder."We are not just talking about any footballer here, but a very important one, the best in the Chinese League, who won six titles with Guangzhou, and is a Brazilian international", Manzano told MARCA.Seeing first hand Paulinho's abilities, the 61-year-old admired the midfielder from the Guizhou dugout, as well as during his time at Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua."It seems that there only way here is to sign players for millions. But no, there are cheaper formulas that give equal of better performances," he added."He is a very competitive player. He has done well in China, and I think he will do well in Spain."Manzano also be...
Courtois Makes 50th Belgium Appearance Against Greece
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Courtois Makes 50th Belgium Appearance Against Greece

Thibaut Courtois made his 50th appearance for Belgium as the Red Devils continue their World Cup quest away to Greece on Sunday.The Chelsea goalkeeper became the youngest shot-stopper to represent Belgium when he made his debut at the age of 19 back in November 2011.And since then he has raced to his half-century in less than six years, with the landmark coming in Athens' Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium.Courtois himself marked the occasion on Twitter with a message to his followers stating his hopes for Belgium to make Russia 2018.In his 49 previous appearances, the ex-Atletico Madrid star conceded just 34 goals, keeping a total of 25 clean sheets.He was ever-present for his nation in the 2014 World Cup, where they were knocked out in the quarter-finals at the hands of Argentina, and at Euro ...
Chelsea Include Diego Costa In Their Premier League Squad
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Chelsea Include Diego Costa In Their Premier League Squad

Costa is currently holed up in his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil and refusing to return to Chelsea after a major fallout with manager Antonio Conte at the start of the summer.Atletico Madrid were continuing to negotiate with Chelsea on Thursday as they sought to secure the transfer before the Spanish transfer window closed on Friday night.
Champions League Group Stage Draw
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Champions League Group Stage Draw

Group A: Benfica, Manchester United, Basel, CSKA Moscow Group B: Bayern Munich, Paris St-Germain, Anderlecht, Celtic Group C: Chelsea, Atlético Madrid, Roma, Qarabag Group D: Juventus, Barcelona, Olympiakos, Sporting Clube de Portugal Group E: Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool, Maribor Group F: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord Group G: Monaco, Porto, Besiktas, Leipzig Group H: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham, Apoel Nicosia
Griezmann Handed Two-Game Ban For Ref Insult
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Griezmann Handed Two-Game Ban For Ref Insult

France international forward Antoine Griezmann was handed a two-game ban by the Spanish Football Federation on Wednesday after he was sent off at the weekend for insulting the referee. The 26-year-old was dismissed during Atletico Madrid’s 2-2 draw at Gerona on Saturday during the opening weekend of the La Liga season. He also received a 600-euro ($700) fine, while Atletico were penalised 700 euros. Both have the right to appeal their sanctions. Griezmann will miss league matches against Las Palmas on Saturday and Valencia on September 9. He was shown a straight red card an hour into Saturday’s match after insulting the referee for not awarding a penalty in his favour. He later apologised. Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos has also been handed a one-match ban after he was...
Chelsea To Sell Diego Costa For £30 Million
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Chelsea To Sell Diego Costa For £30 Million

Premier League champions Chelsea are ready to sell Diego Costa for as low as £30 million. The club is ready to accept an offer for Costa far below what they hoped to recoup for the Spain international. Antonio Conte has declared Costa surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. He has been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid. But the Spanish side or any other club will only pay up to £30 million, considerably lower than the £50m price tag Chelsea had placed on their 2016-17 top scorer. This according to Sun UK, is because the Blues are desperate to sell the player.
I’m Not Returning To Chelsea – Diego Costa
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I’m Not Returning To Chelsea – Diego Costa

Embattled Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said in a statement that he does not want to return to the English champions and would prefer to be sold to his old club Atletico Madrid. Earlier this week, Costa accused both the club and manager Antonio Conte of treating him like a “criminal”. He said that Conte has told him that he has no future at the club and has been frozen out of the first-team squad. “I am waiting for Chelsea to set me free. I didn’t want to leave. I was happy. When the manager does not want you, you have to go,” Costa said in an interview published in Monday’s 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. His ...
Chelsea Fine Costa For Not Training
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Chelsea Fine Costa For Not Training

Chelsea have fined Diego Costa two weeks’ wages for failing to return to training as the dispute over his future rumbles on, according to reports. Costa, who remains in his home town of Lagarto in Brazil, claimed in an interview with the Daily Mail on Sunday that Chelsea are treating him “like a criminal” and that he has lost all personal respect for head coach Antonio Conte over the Italian’s handling of the situation. Conte informed Costa via text message in June that he would not be in Chelsea’s plans for the new season, though the club’s position is that their striker and his representatives were informed in January — when he was dropped following a training-ground row and lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian — that his time at Stamford Bridge was comin...
Galatasaray Eyeing Barca’s Turan
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Galatasaray Eyeing Barca’s Turan

Galatasaray are trying to bring out-of-favour Barcelona forward Arda Turan back to the Turkish club, president Dursun Ozbek said yesterday. Arda, who made his professional debut for Galatasaray in 2004 and stayed at the club until joining Atletico Madrid in 2011, was an unused substitute in Barcelona’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on Monday, even though coach Ernesto Valverde made 11 changes. His exclusion has been reported in the Spanish media as a sign the Turk does not feature in Valverde’s plans for the season and that he is on his way out of Barca. “Arda is a Galatasaray fan, he really loves the club and he is going to play for us again,” Ozbek told a news conference yesterday. “His only chance of playing in Turkey is here, and we hope he ends up seeing out his career...
Real Ready To Go Without Ronaldo Against United In Super Cup
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Real Ready To Go Without Ronaldo Against United In Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo has finally returned to training with Real Madrid but the defending European champions are set to be without the Portuguese superstar in Tuesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Manchester United in Skopje. Ronaldo’s summer has been overshadowed by accusations of tax evasion in Spain, which led to him being charged in a court near Madrid last week, while he was handed an extended summer break by his club after playing for Portugal at the Confederations Cup. He only returned to training at the weekend, meaning it would be a major surprise if coach Zinedine Zidane were to include the 32-year-old against his former club in the match at the Philip II Arena in the Macedonian capital. “He needed to rest. He has had his holidays and that was important,” said Zidane of the ma...
Chelsea Baffled At Claims Diego Costa Is Being Forced Out By Antonio Conte
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Chelsea Baffled At Claims Diego Costa Is Being Forced Out By Antonio Conte

Chelsea have described claims head coach Antonio Conte is forcing striker Diego Costa out of the club as "just nonsense". The 28-year-old's lawyer, Ricardo Cardoso, told Spanish news agency EFE on Thursday that his client intended to 'formally request a transfer' and also threatened Chelsea with legal action. Costa has been told he is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge - a decision Chelsea insist was made in January - and Sky Sports News understands the Spain international is wanted by former club Atletico Madrid. Reports in the national press had previously suggested Conte had informed Costa that he was no longer wanted by the club via text message in June. "If I may I would like to say something on behalf of the club. We don't usually respond to comments of this natur...
Torres Extends Atletico Contract As Real Confirm Hernandez Signing
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Torres Extends Atletico Contract As Real Confirm Hernandez Signing

Atletico Madrid forward Fernando Torres has signed a one-year contract keeping him in the Spanish capital through to June 2018, the La Liga club said on Wednesday. “I’m delighted to stay here for another year,” the 33-year-old Torres, who joined Atletico aged 11 and has made 294 appearances for them, told the club website. After making his first-team debut in 2001, the striker went on to become captain before joining Liverpool in 2007. Spells with Chelsea and AC Milan followed before the twice European Championship and 2010 World Cup winner returned to Atletico in 2015. Meanwhile, French teenager Theo Hernandez became the first player to cross the divide between Atletico and Real Madrid in 17 years on Wednesday, as the clubs confirmed they had reached an agreement which local m...
Atletico President Happy With Real Madrid Conduct In Theo Pursuit
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Atletico President Happy With Real Madrid Conduct In Theo Pursuit

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he does not think Theo Hernandez has signed for Real Madrid yet, but he has no problem with how Los Blancos have conducted the transfer. A superb 2016-17 season on loan at Alaves saw Theo linked with top clubs including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, but the 19-year-old has reportedly agreed to join Madrid, who are set to pay his €24 million release clause. In Los Angeles this week Theo said he had “dreamed since I was little” of wearing a Real Madrid shirt, while club president Florentino Perez told Spanish radio that talks with Atletico were underway about finding an “agreement” between the clubs over a deal. Madrid pursuing the transfer goes against a reported “gentleman’s agreement” about the clubs targeting each oth...
Atletico Madrid Cast Doubt On Ibrahimovic Transfer Link
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Atletico Madrid Cast Doubt On Ibrahimovic Transfer Link

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said conversations were held with Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s representatives but the club would not pursue the opportunity of signing him. Ibrahimovic, 35, has been released by Manchester United after scoring 28 goals in 46 games but then suffering a knee ligament injury. AS reported that Ibrahimovic’s cousin Selman Yalcin, had claimed Atletico were interested. The club’s transfer ban would mean they could only register him in January when the Sanction ends, by which stage he would be likely to have returned to full fitness. But Cerezo, speaking to reporters at an event to mark the renaming of a metro station outside Atleti’s new Wanda Metropolitano stadium, said: “Maybe we spoke with his family, but not with him. “We are taking another...
I’ve Been Dreaming Of Real Madrid Since I Was Little – Theo Hernandez
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I’ve Been Dreaming Of Real Madrid Since I Was Little – Theo Hernandez

Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez, who has reportedly already agreed to join Real Madrid this summer, has admitted to dreaming about representing Los Blancos “since I was little.” A superb 2016-17 season on loan at Alaves saw Theo linked to top clubs including Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, with the France underage international reportedly having already chosen to join Madrid who would trigger his €24 million release clause. Speaking from Los Angeles where he was hosting a summer campus for kids, the 19-year-old left-back was asked if it had always been his dream to play for Real. He said yes, despite having developed in the Atletico youth system for over a decade, and having a father –Jean-Francois Hernandez — who played at the Calderon in the 2000-01 season. ...
Lacazette Expected To Stay At Lyon – club president
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Lacazette Expected To Stay At Lyon – club president

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas does not think in-demand striker Alexandre Lacazette will leave the club for Arsenal this summer. Aulas had said earlier this week that he would not let Lacazette leave the Ligue 1 club until someone offered their £57m valuation and gave him time to find a replacement. But his comments to Canal Plus on Tuesday night suggested the need for Lyon to find an additional might not come until the January window. Aulas also said Lyon’s interest in Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who has been linked with a move back to France, had not yet gone any further than that. In an interview with the French broadcaster, Aulas said: “I do not think that Alexandre Lacazette will leave this summer. “I do not have anything to say about Olivier Giroud. We’re interes...
Arsenal Must Pay €65m For Lacazette, Lyon Eye Giroud – Aulas
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Arsenal Must Pay €65m For Lacazette, Lyon Eye Giroud – Aulas

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said Arsenal are interested in signing Alexandre Lacazette but would have to pay €65 million to get him. Lacazette, 26, has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer after scoring 37 goals in 45 games for the Ligue 1 club last season. The striker almost moved to Atletico Madrid before the Spanish side were hit by a transfer ban, but Aulas said there was also interest from Arsenal. “I do not have the intention of rapidly letting Alexandre go, because there is still a desire from Atletico Madrid to bring him in on the 1st of January [2018],” he told L’Equipe. “Now, I will also be listening to what Alexandre has to say. I saw Arsene [Wenger], during the match between France and England. I was with Gerard Houllier [Lyon advisor...
Chelsea Striker Diego Costa Wants Return To Atletico Madrid
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Chelsea Striker Diego Costa Wants Return To Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa has told Atletico Madrid he wants to sign for them again, according to Sky Sports. The Chelsea striker revealed on June 8 that he had received a message from manager Antonio Conte telling him he was not in his plans at Stamford Bridge for next season. If Costa moved back to Atletico he would not be able to play until January because FIFA has banned them from registering players during this transfer window. Costa, 28, scored 20 goals in 35 league appearances in their title-winning campaign last season, The London club signed Costa from Atletico three years ago for £32m when Jose Mourinho was manager. Following Spain’s 2-2 draw with Colombia at the beginning of the month, Costa said: “I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there. “Antonio Conte has told m...
Chelsea Makes Move For Lewandowski As Costa Exit Looms
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Chelsea Makes Move For Lewandowski As Costa Exit Looms

Chelsea has made a stunning move for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. The Poland striker netted 43 times for the Bundesliga champions last season, as they clinched their fifth consecutive league title. But the 28-year-old is unsettled and criticised his team-mates earlier this month, accusing them of not doing enough to make him Germany’s top scorer. Lewandowski’s agent, Maik Barthel, this week said: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach [ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti] gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title. “He was disappointed as I have ever seen him before.” Chelsea are now trying to capitalise and have now made a serious enquiry. Blues boss Antonio Conte is looking for options to replace Diego Costa, with the Spa...
Real’s Coentrao Set To Make Sporting Lisbon Move – Perez
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Real’s Coentrao Set To Make Sporting Lisbon Move – Perez

Fabio Coentrao is expected to complete a move to Sporting Lisbon in the coming days, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said. Marca has reported that a one-year loan deal for the defender has been agreed between the two clubs. But Perez did not reveal details, telling Onda Cero that “it seems Coentrao is set to go to Sporting.” Coentrao, 29, made just six appearances last season after spending the previous campaign on loan at Monaco. With Theo Hernandez due to join from Atletico Madrid and the continued presence of Marcelo, it is likely that Coentrao would have fallen further down the pecking order next season. Madrid signed Coentrao from Sporting’s rivals Benfica for around €30 million in 2011, and he has made 106 appearances for them. He could be joined in Lisbo...
Real Madrid ‘Machine’ Ronaldo Will Win Ballon d’Or – Almeida
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Real Madrid ‘Machine’ Ronaldo Will Win Ballon d’Or – Almeida

There is no doubt that Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo will retain the Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi, according to former team-mate Hugo Almeida. It was another memorable season for four-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, who helped Madrid to La Liga and Champions League glory. Ronaldo scored 42 goals in all competitions – 25 coming in La Liga as Madrid were crowned champions of Spain for the first time since 2012 after dethroning Barcelona. He netted 12 in Europe – including a match-winning brace in the 4-1 Champions League final victory against Juventus – to seal the competition’s top scorer award for a record fifth successive season and the sixth time in his career as Madrid became the first side to retain the trophy under its current guise. Barca’s Messi netted 54 duri...
Super-Agent Mendes Summoned Over Falcao’s Alleged Tax Evasion
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Super-Agent Mendes Summoned Over Falcao’s Alleged Tax Evasion

Footballing super-agent Jorge Mendes, who manages Cristiano Ronaldo among others, has been summoned before a Spanish court as part of the probe into Colombian striker Radamel Falcao’s alleged tax evasion, legal sources said on Wednesday. Monaco’s Falcao is suspected of failing to correctly declare 5.6 million euros ($6.1 million) of income earned from image rights between 2012 and 2013 while he was at Atletico Madrid. He is suspected of using a web of shell companies in the British Virgin Islands, Ireland, Colombia and Panama to avoid taxes on the image rights income. Mendes was summoned to appear before the court of instruction at Pozuelo de Alarcon, close to Madrid, on June 27. The summons comes a day after Ronaldo was accused by Spanish prosecutors of evading 14.7 million eu...
Diego Costa ‘Has Lots Of Offers’ To Leave Chelsea – Brother
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Diego Costa ‘Has Lots Of Offers’ To Leave Chelsea – Brother

Diego Costa has “lots of offers” on the table to leave Chelsea this summer, according to his brother Jair, but the Spain international has not made a decision where he will play next season. Costa, 28, who is under contract with Chelsea for another two years, said last week that Antonio Conte does not count on his services for the 2017-18 campaign. “Thankfully Diego has lots of offers,” Jair told Yahoo Brazil. “I can’t say how many but they exist.” Atletico Madrid have said they would welcome Costa’s return to the club, a move that is attractive to the player. “He has great affection for Atletico but right now, there is nothing [concrete],” Jair said. “We have to wait and see what happens.” Costa scored 43 goals in 94 league appearances for Atletico before Chelsea triggered ...
Griezmann Signs New Atletico Madrid Contract Until 2022
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Griezmann Signs New Atletico Madrid Contract Until 2022

Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has extended his contract with Atletico Madrid until June 2022. Griezmann, whose previous deal was due to end in June 2021, has long been linked with United but the France international is now set to remain a leading player in La Liga under Atletico coach Diego Simeone. A club statement read: “Atletico Madrid has reached an agreement with Antoine Griezmann for the extension of his contract for one more season. The French forward signed his new contract with our club, which now extends until June 30, 2022.” Griezmann said: “I’m very happy to live one more season with all of you. I will thank the fans by giving my best on the pitch, as always. Now, I will be resting for a few days to recover and return with my teammates and the coaching sta...
Antoine Griezmann Agrees New Atletico Madrid Contract – Club President
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Antoine Griezmann Agrees New Atletico Madrid Contract – Club President

Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann has agreed to extend his contract with Atletico Madrid until June 2022, according to the Spanish club’s president Enrique Cerezo. Griezmann, whose previous deal was due to end in June 2021, has long been linked with United but the France international is now set to remain a leading player in La Liga under Atletico coach Diego Simeone. The 26-year-old’s release clause of €100 million is to remain the same. Asked about Griezmann’s new deal, Cerezo told Cadena Ser: “Yes, it’s one more year and the release clause will remain the same.” Marca and AS report that the new deal will see Griezmann become the highest-paid player at Atletico. Cerezo, though, did not comment on the wage increase. He said: “The issue of the money is a private ...
Man United To Release Out-Of-Contract Ibrahimovic
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Man United To Release Out-Of-Contract Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not expected to be offered a new contract by Manchester United, according to ESPN FC. The striker’s current one-year deal is set to expire on June 30 and with no new agreement in place he is unlikely to be on United’s list of retained players when it is published by the Premier League on Friday. Ibrahimovic had an impressive season at Old Trafford, scoring 28 goals in 46 games following his free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain but his campaign was cut short by a knee ligament injury during the Europa League quarterfinal with Anderlecht on April 20. Despite undergoing successful surgery in the United States in May, the 35-year-old is not expected to return until January at the earliest and sources have said United have decided it does not make economic sense...
Diego Costa says he’s leaving Chelsea
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Diego Costa says he’s leaving Chelsea

Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed that he is leaving the English champions The Telegraph reported today that Costa said on Wednesday night that Coach Antonio Conte has told him to find a new club. Costa, who has been linked with moves to China spoke after Spain’s match against Colombia on Wednesday night. According to the striker, Conte had said he had no place in the team’s plans for next season. “I’m a Chelsea player, but they do not want me there,” Costa said. “Antonio Conte has told me by message that I do not follow at Chelsea and that’s it. Conte said he did not count on me for next season.” Costa added: “My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. It’s a shame, I’ve already forwarded the message to Chelsea people to decide.” “You have to find...