The champions of England have left out five of their players from the 25-man pre-season tour squad to Asia, including new signings, Tiemone Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger. The other stars who are not part of the team are Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, Kurt Zouma and Eden Hazard. The trio of Costa, Matic and Zouma have been left out with their fate at Stamford Bridge hanging in the balance, while Hazard and Bakayoko have not been picked due to issues regarding their fitness.
It is no secret that the Italian manager is not having the best relationship with his Brazilian born striker at present and that the attacker has not been doing himself a favour by his recent actions. Matic, on the other hand, was being linked with a return to join former boss Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, as Manchester United looked interested in acquiring his services. Their future at the club looks in peril, as the duo could be leaving the Londoners prior to the start of the new season and their omission from the current squad could be a sign of things to follow.
Further, Zouma was dropped from the team too and is expected to join Stoke City on a season long loan, with the Daily Mail confirming spotting him at the Potter’s training ground over the weekend. Also, new additions to the squad, Bakayoko and Rudiger have been left out for two different reasons and the duo would be disappointed too.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been excused from being part of the club's pre-season training by the club, according to reports from Sky Sports.
The 28-year old has been a subject of transfer speculations since the close season, after reports emerged that the player had been told that he was "not needed" at the club by manager Antonio Conte, via a text message.
And now an insider from the club has told Sky Sports that "he is finished at Chelsea for sure and has played his last game for the club". It is understood that the absence from the training has been mutually agreed between the two parties as Chelsea are in negotiations with Costa's former club Atletico Madrid in order to hash out a deal for the striker's transfer.
Any potential transfer will be further complicated by the fact that Atletico has a transfer ban imposed on them by football's governing body, FIFA, due to the illegal signing of under-age players. This prohibits the Rojiblancos from signing new players until the winter transfer window in January 2018.
It is believed that Costa wants to remain at Chelsea, a club where has enjoyed great success since joining in the summer of 2014 from Atletico, but has accepted the fact that practically he has no future with the club. He was a pivotal part of Jose Mourinho's squad that won the Premier League and the League Cup double back in 2014/15 season and was named the PFA Player of the Year as well, in his first year in England.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa is all set to make an emotional return to his former club Atlético Madrid with Blues' boss not counting him in his plans for the next season, as per the reports from the Daily Telegraph.
The source has further added that Chelsea have given the green signal to Costa to move back to Spain this summer, however, the Brazil-born Spanish international won't be able to play for the Los Rojiblancos until January 2018, thanks to their transfer ban. To add further to it, Costa has time and again expressed his desire to move to Atletico Madrid and given the fact that Fernando Torres isn't getting any younger and Antoine Griezmann, even after signing a new contract, is poised to move away next year, Diego Costa will be an important figure for the Spanish outfit.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has sensationally confirmed that Antonio Conte has told him that he does not want him at the club next season and has further stated that he has already messaged the Chelsea officials to decide what stand next for him. While this is a certain shocker, Chelsea's second striker Michy Batshuayi has claimed that he does not want to play another season sitting on the bench and wants to talk to the club to clear out his role for the next season.
The Spanish international, Diego Costa, played 46 games in all competition for the Blues last season and bagged 26 goals. There was a reported rift between him and manager Antonio Conte and the Spaniard was even made to train alone midway through the season but the Italian gaffer denied all the claims. The rumours regarding his exit from the club gained momentum soon after that. Tianjin Quanjian owner then admitted that the Chinese club did make an effort to acquire Costa's signature but no move ever materialised.
The second half of the recently concluded Premier League season has brought a lot of uncertainties regarding Costa's stay at the Bridge, and his statement has now all but confirmed his potential exit from the club.
Interest in Diego Costa from Chinese Super League mounts, Manchester City become the front-runners to land star goalkeeper from Italy, Real Madrid name their asking price for exit-bound James Rodriguez, 19-year old Nigerian sensation in negotiations with English clubs and Arsenal have completed their first signing ahead of next season – a look at what's trending in the transfer tabloids today in our Premier League round-up:
Would Love To Sign Costa - Shanghai Shenhua Boss Gus Poyet Claims
Diego Costa seems to be a wanted man in the cash-rich Chinese Super League. After the Spaniard was linked with a move to CSL outfit Tianjin Quanjian, it seems now Shanghai Shenhua are also interested in the Chelsea man's services.
Shenhua's manager Gus Poyet recently said:
“I would love to [sign Costa] but it will be very difficult for us because of the quantity [of non-Chinese players] we have got.
“There are three who are playing. There would have to be a massive change to the structure of the club to be able to bring Diego here.
“I don’t know if it’s going to happen, I would never say ‘no, never’, but I would say it would be very difficult for him to come here.”
The 28-year old won his second Premier League title with Chelsea last week when the Blues defeated West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the Hawthorns. But with speculations over his move to China refusing to die, we may well not see him in Chelsea colours next season.
Barcelona plotting a sensational move to bring back former academy graduate, Bournemouth confident of holding on to star midfielder, while their defender continues to attract interest from Premier League bigwigs, newly promoted Brighton targeting veteran Liverpool midfielder and Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa set for a union – the latest from the tabloids in today's Premier League transfer round-up;
Barcelona Looking At Oriol Romeu As A Long-Term Busquets Replacement
Barcelona are reportedly planning to bring Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu back to the Camp Nou in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The midfield anchorman has been in excellent nick for the Saints and went on to win the club's Player of the Year award earlier this month.
Romeu came through the ranks at the famed La Masia and made just one appearance for the senior team, before joining Chelsea. After a good start in London, things faded for the Spaniard, leading to loan spells at Valencia and Vfb Stuttgart, before he moved to Southampton in 2015. Since his move to the St. Mary's the 25-year old has developed into a fine defensive midfielder and now the Barcelona chiefs are considering to take him back.
Far east investors in Tianjin Quanjian are ready to make a lucrative offer for Chelsea's 28-year-old Diego Costa, as per the reports from Daily Telegraph.
The aforementioned source has also added that Tianjin Quanjian will pay Chelsea near to £76 million, which the Blues will hesitate to reject. Furthermore, the negotiations go in the flow, the former Atletico Madrid man will become the most expensive player of the Chinese League, surpassing Carlos Tevez's £71m move to Shanghai Shenhua, and also, the deal will see him earning near to £25m a year.
To add further spark to the speculation, photographs of Diego Costa came out a few days back, and the Spaniard was seen with his agent Jorge Mendes, and reports even claimed that he had a meeting with the Tianjin Quanjian's officials.
Back in the January window, the 28-year-old reportedly agreed to move to China, only to be denied by Antonio Conte, and ironically, since then, his form has dipped majorly. So far, he has bagged 19 goals in the 35 Premier League appearances and has provided 6 assists. In the midst of this, a twist in the negotiation might pop up as the Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Serie A's Inter Milan have shown a reported interest and Costa, on his part, has told his friends that he might consider making a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who have failed to fill the void of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Chelsea's 28-year-old attacker Diego Costa has hinted that he might make a move to France should any such opportunity comes knocking on his doors.
Recently, the Spanish international revealed that he tried to make a move back to Atletico Madrid after a frustrating season under Jose Mourinho. However, the former Atletico Madrid man revived his form this season and is again on the verge of lifting the Premier League crown.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa has revealed that he tried to make a move away from Stamford Bridge to Atletico Madrid in the previous summer before going to Antonio Conte with his "tail between his legs".
The Brazil-born Spanish attacker has been a vital cog for Chelsea this season and has played a huge role in their title pursuit. The striker endured a difficult time last season as he was limited to just 28 Premier League appearances and managed only 12 strikes.