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Diego Costa talks of a strained relationship with Antonio Conte but not when it seemed to be the case.

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Diego Costa has spoken of how his relationship with Antonio Conte was strained this season with talk of a move away from Chelsea but it's not the move you would think it could be.

As with Thibaut Courtois, Diego Costa has been the focus of continuous speculation about his future ever since he arrived at Chelsea three summers ago.

Michy Batshuayi and Fernando Torres - What do they have in common? Find out here.

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Michy Batshuayi signed for Chelsea for £33m last summer after an impressive season with Marseille and Euro 2016 with Belgium. Eight months on and it looks as though the striker is on his way out of the club having failed to impress here.

When we think of successful strikers in the Premier League we think of those who scored goals on a regular basis, those that come up with magical moments that could turn games on their head and those who took our game to new exciting levels.

Courtois, Costa to leave Chelsea with Hart and Morata their replacements?

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It may be six months away but the Premier League transfer window in the summer could become a very busy one for Antonio Conte and Chelsea with some big names being linked with moves away from the club and in as possible replacements.

According to a report in The Sun, Chelsea are willing to let Thibaut Courtois leave the club in the summer to head back to Spain as long as they can sign the man they have identified as his replacement - Joe Hart.

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Conte hails Costa’s ‘discipline’ as Chelsea march on

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Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte described Diego Costa as an example to his team-mates after the Premier League leaders went 13 points clear with a 2-1 win at Stoke City.

The infamously feisty Costa, dropped in January after reports of a row with Conte, was left walking a disciplinary tightrope after being booked for simulation in the 16th minute of Saturday’s game at the Bet365 Stadium.

Liverpool boss Klopp admits he was lucky to escape punishment

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London (AFP) Jurgen Klopp admits he was lucky to avoid punishment for bellowing in the fourth official's face but the Liverpool manager brushed aside Jose Mourinho's claim that he gets special treatment.

Klopp apologised following Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea after a touchline exchange with Neil Swarbrick saw him vent his frustration at the award of a penalty to Diego Costa.

Liverpool boss Klopp admits he was lucky to escape punishment

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London (AFP) Jurgen Klopp admits he was lucky to avoid punishment for bellowing in the fourth official's face but the Liverpool manager brushed aside Jose Mourinho's claim that he gets special treatment.

Klopp apologised following Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Chelsea after a touchline exchange with Neil Swarbrick saw him vent his frustration at the award of a penalty to Diego Costa.

Costa return delights Chelsea’s Pedro and Fabregas

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London (AFP) Chelsea's Pedro believes fiery striker Diego Costa is "perfect" for the Premier League leaders after seeing him mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over Hull City.

Spain forward Costa was left out of the Blues side as they beat reigning champions Leicester on January 14.

Costa return delights Chelsea’s Pedro and Fabregas

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London (AFP) Chelsea's Pedro believes fiery striker Diego Costa is "perfect" for the Premier League leaders after seeing him mark his return to the starting line-up with a goal in Sunday's 2-0 win over Hull City.

Spain forward Costa was left out of the Blues side as they beat reigning champions Leicester on January 14.

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Diego Costa, Pedro handed Spain recall

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez were rewarded for Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title on Friday with a recall to Julien Lopetegui’s Spain squad for a World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly against France.

However, there is no place for their Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas, whilst Juan Mata also misses out despite securing Manchester United’s place in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

Diego Costa, Pedro handed Spain recall

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez were rewarded for Chelsea’s march towards the Premier League title on Friday with a recall to Julien Lopetegui’s Spain squad for a World Cup qualifier against Israel and a friendly against France.

However, there is no place for their Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas, whilst Juan Mata also misses out despite securing Manchester United’s place in the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

Most valuable offensive player rankings: Top class Chelsea star dethroned by rival forward

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After spending several mathdays at the top, Chelsea’s Diego Costa has been dethroned by Tottenham’s Harry Kane in the EPL Most Valuable Offensive Player (MVOP) rankings. We saw this coming for some time.

In a previous article, we predicted Kane would be the best player in the second half this season.

West Ham 1-2 Chelsea: Your thoughts on a massive result for Antonio Conte's Chelsea side tonight?

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With goals from Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, Chelsea took a massive step towards the Premier League title tonight with a 2-1 victory at The London Stadium.

Arguably, heading into the game knowing that Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool had all won this weekend to close the gap to us, this was the biggest game of our season so far having lost to the Hammers earlier in the season in the League Cup.

Hazard and Costa restore Chelsea’s 10-point lead

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard’s dazzling goal inspired Chelsea to a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Monday as Antonio Conte’s side restored their 10-point advantage in the Premier League.

Hazard finished off a lightning counter-attack in the 25th minute and Diego Costa’s 49th league goal for Chelsea rubber-stamped victory before Manuel Lanzini belatedly replied in stoppage time.

Hazard and Costa restore Chelsea’s 10-point lead

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London (AFP) – Eden Hazard’s dazzling goal inspired Chelsea to a 2-1 victory at West Ham United on Monday as Antonio Conte’s side restored their 10-point advantage in the Premier League.

Hazard finished off a lightning counter-attack in the 25th minute and Diego Costa’s 49th league goal for Chelsea rubber-stamped victory before Manuel Lanzini belatedly replied in stoppage time.

Chelsea Turned Down 90 Million Offer For Diego Costa

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According to SFR Sport in France, Chelsea striker Diego Costa was subject to a huge offer from China last month, which led to his falling out with Antonio Conte.

Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, who are managed by World Cup and Ballon D'Or winner Fabio Cannavaro, are reported to have offered Chelsea £90 million for the Spain international.

EPL commentator assignments on NBC Sports, Gameweek 26

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Following the FA Cup break, NBC Sports Group’s Premier League coverage returns, kicking off this Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN, followed by league-leaders Chelsea and their leading scorer Diego Costa (15 PL goals) v. Swansea City at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and NBC UNIVERSO.

Chelsea to hold Costa talks at end of season

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte is “confident” Diego Costa will remain with Chelsea, even though talks over the striker’s future with the club will have to wait until the end of the season.

Last month saw Costa, Premier League leaders Chelsea’s leading scorer this season with 15 goals, linked to a lucrative move to the cash-rich Chinese Super League.

Diego Costa set to sign £220,000-a-week deal at Chelsea

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3 areas in which Chelsea still need to improve

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There aren’t too many people who would bet against Chelsea lifting the Premier League title in May. The Blues are currently sitting comfortably at the summit, 8 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. Antonio Conte’s men have been a pillar of consistency thus far, and another good run of results should see them seal the deal.

La Liga club president says he would love to see Chelsea star return to Spain

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Atletico Madrid president, Enrique Cerezo, has once again expressed his desire to bring Diego Costa back to Spain. Costa was linked with a return to Atletico last summer, and back in June he said that he wished to bring the striker back to his former club.

Costa has been linked with a move to the Chinese Super League in January.

Conte Happy As Chelsea Take Another Step Towards Title

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A missed penalty, two points dropped, but this was still a very good night for Chelsea.

No doubt when Antonio Conte's players returned to the dressing room they were told of Arsenal's shocking home loss to Watford and Tottenham's draw at Sunderland — and one look at the league table will have made it a very pleasant journey home from that point.

Klopp Happy With Performance And Draw At Home To Chelsea

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Liverpool's draw at home to Chelsea ended their three match losing streak at Anfield, but it also ended any hopes Jurgen Klopp's side had of winning the league this season.

Afterwards Klopp admitted that he and Diego Costa could "never be friends" after another controversial game by the Chelsea striker.

Liverpool1-1 Chelsea: Professional performance from the Blues but it could have been so much more.

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Chelsea and Liverpool shared the spoils at Anfield tonight and it was a very good, professional performance from Chelsea despite Diego Costa missing a penalty with fifteen minutes to go.

With Arsenal losing at home to Watford and Tottenham sharing the spoils up at Sunderland, it really could have been a fantastic night for Antonio Conte's side if we had taken one of the chances we had created late on.

Liverpool’s Mignolet atones to keep Chelsea tethered

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Liverpool (AFP) Simon Mignolet went from zero to hero as Liverpool prevented Chelsea from significantly extending their lead at the Premier League summit in a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Tuesday.

The Belgian goalkeeper was caught daydreaming as David Luiz put Chelsea ahead with a first-half free-kick, but after Georginio Wijnaldum equalised, his penalty save denied Diego Costa a late winner.

5 most improved players at Chelsea this season

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It’s been quite the turnaround at Chelsea Football Club under Antonio Conte this season. The Blues followed up their title-winning 2014/15 campaign with a 10th-placed finish last year, in a series of events which included the sacking of Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese seemed very well settled at Stamford Bridge when in season started in August 2015, and looked to be in it for the long haul for the first time in his career.

Ex-Chelsea Midfielder claims that Chelsea will win the title.

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Michael Ballack has given his verdict of the title race this season and has backed his former club to win it with a gap to our rivals and no European football this season.

There is still some way to go and any Chelsea fan will tell you, especially after last season, everything can change in a heartbeat.

Conte applauds Chelsea show of unity

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London (AFP) Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had put on a united front after Diego Costa marked his return with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City.

Absent from Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City amid reports he had been unsettled by an offer from China, Costa celebrated his opener on Sunday with a hand gesture suggestive of media chatter.

Conte applauds Chelsea show of unity

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London (AFP) Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said his side had put on a united front after Diego Costa marked his return with a goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull City.

Absent from Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City amid reports he had been unsettled by an offer from China, Costa celebrated his opener on Sunday with a hand gesture suggestive of media chatter.

Costa stars as Chelsea extend lead, Arsenal go second

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London (AFP) Diego Costa marked his return to Chelsea duty by scoring the opening goal in a 2-0 victory over Hull on Sunday that saw the Premier League leaders go eight points clear after Arsenal went second by coming through late penalty drama.

Brazil-born Spain forward Costa, who on Sunday took his Chelsea tally for the season to 15 goals, missed last weekend's 3-0 win at Leicester City due to a back complaint.

Returning Costa gives Chelsea breathing space

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London (AFP) Diego Costa marked his comeback with a goal as Chelsea overcame an obdurate Hull City side 2-0 on Sunday to surge eight points clear at the Premier League summit.

Costa missed Chelsea's 3-0 win at Leicester City last weekend due to a back problem, amid reports he had rowed with a fitness coach after being unsettled by a big-money offer from China.

Conte heaps praise on Diego Costa and reiterates he remains focused on Chelsea.

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Diego Costa will be the focus of the attention in the build up to the game this afternoon against Hull City and Antonio Conte has re-iterated his focus is on Chelsea and heaped praise on our top scorer.

What a difference a week makes in football. Last week, Costa was left out of the squad that travelled to Leicester with an official explanation being because of a back injury.

Chelsea won’t dwell on Costa trouble, Spurs plan City misery

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London (AFP) Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday.

Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury.

Chelsea seek to put Costa furore to bed

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London (AFP) Premier League leaders Chelsea will hope to draw a line beneath the controversy that has embroiled striker Diego Costa when they welcome Hull City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Costa missed last weekend's 3-0 win at champions Leicester City after reportedly rowing with fitness coach Julio Tous amid reports of an eye-watering offer from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Chelsea seek to put Costa furore to bed

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London (AFP) Premier League leaders Chelsea will hope to draw a line beneath the controversy that has embroiled striker Diego Costa when they welcome Hull City to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Costa missed last weekend's 3-0 win at champions Leicester City after reportedly rowing with fitness coach Julio Tous amid reports of an eye-watering offer from Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.

Chelsea won’t dwell on Costa, Spurs plan City misery

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London (AFP) Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday.

Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury.

Chelsea won’t dwell on Costa, Spurs plan City misery in Premier League

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London (AFP) Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday.

Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury.

Chelsea won’t dwell on Costa, Spurs plan City misery in Premier League

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London (AFP) Chelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday.

Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury.

Photo: Diego Costa smiling with his Chelsea team-mates

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Chelsea teammates leap to the defence of Diego Costa.

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Diego Costa made a goal-scoring return to the Chelsea team in our 2-0 victory over Hull City and some of his Chelsea teammates have leaped to his defence stating that he is fully focused here at Chelsea.

We could not have wished for a better afternoon for Costa on a personal level.

CONTE: I prefer all my players show me every single day that they deserve to play.

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Antonio Conte spoke to the assembled media in his pre-match press conference yesterday and when asked if he he would make any changes to the side that beat Leicester last weekend he offered no clues if he would.

As you can imagine, any changes to incorporate Diego Costa's return to the side after injury would be harsh on the players who put in a fantastic performance.