Diego Costa

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Watford v Chelsea: Can Olivier Giroud save our season starting tonight?

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Under-fire Chelsea and Antonio Conte head to Watford on the Sky Sports Monday Night Football this evening with Olivier Giroud expected to start. Could the Frenchman literally save our season?

It's a big statement to make but think about it for a second before you judge and let me explain how I believe his signing to be the catalyst to revive our challenge for second place in the Premier League, a good go at Barcelona and challenge for the FA Cup.

Chelsea star looking to force a move in January and I cannot blame him.

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According to various reports, Michy Batshuayi is looking to force a move away from Stamford Bridge to rekindle his hopes of making the Belgium squad for this summers World Cup Finals.

With everything that has happened to him since he joined at the beginning of last season, it's more than fair to say that we cannot blame him.

Tuesday Kickoff: Arsenal make one final offer to Ozil, Real Madrid interested in Salah and more

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While one Premier League star's contract situation remains up in the air, one of the league's top players is drawing interest from Real Madrid.

Arsenal is reportedly set to make one final offer to try and re-sign Mesut Ozil. (REPORT)

Real Madrid is reportedly interested in making a move for Mohammed Salah.

Morata cannot replace Diego Costa, says former Liverpool midfielder

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Chelsea announced on Thursday that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the sale of Diego Costa for a reported £58 million.

Costa is scheduled for medical this week but he cannot be officially registered as an Atletico player until January because of the Madrid club’s transfer ban.

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Messi strikes late to down tough Alaves

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona escaped a scare on Philippe Coutinho’s first start as Lionel Messi struck with a trademark free-kick to drag the La Liga leaders back from a goal down to beat Alaves 2-1 and restore their 11-point lead at the top.

Messi whipped home a beautiful free-kick six minutes from the end to down resilient Alaves, who are just two points from the drop zone in 17th despite John Guidetti silencing the Camp Nou with a shock breakaway opener in the 23rd minute.

Messi strikes late to down tough Alaves

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Madrid (AFP) – Barcelona escaped a scare on Philippe Coutinho’s first start as Lionel Messi struck with a trademark free-kick to drag the La Liga leaders back from a goal down to beat Alaves 2-1 and restore their 11-point lead at the top.

Messi whipped home a beautiful free-kick six minutes from the end to down resilient Alaves, who are just two points from the drop zone in 17th despite John Guidetti silencing the Camp Nou with a shock breakaway opener in the 23rd minute.

Atletico Madrid fail to cut gap to Barcelona with Girona draw

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six league games wasn’t enough for Atletico Madrid as they drew 1-1 with Girona on Saturday and gave Barcelona a chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Griezmann lashed home a brave Diego Costa knockdown in the 34th minute but Portu snatched a shock equaliser for the away side 17 minutes from time, meaning that Atletico stay second and move up to 43 points, five ahead of Valencia, who can draw level with Atletico if they win at Las Palmas later.

Atletico Madrid fail to cut gap to Barcelona with Girona draw

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Madrid (AFP) – Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six league games wasn’t enough for Atletico Madrid as they drew 1-1 with Girona on Saturday and gave Barcelona a chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Griezmann lashed home a brave Diego Costa knockdown in the 34th minute but Portu snatched a shock equaliser for the away side 17 minutes from time, meaning that Atletico stay second and move up to 43 points, five ahead of Valencia, who can draw level with Atletico if they win at Las Palmas later.

Diego Costa sent off after scoring Atletico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid unleashed Diego Costa in La Liga on Saturday and the controversial centre-forward scored the winner before being sent off in a 2-0 home win over regional rivals Getafe.

Atletico’s transfer ban ended last week and Costa was playing his first league game since rejoining the Spanish club from Chelsea.

Costa sent off after scoring Atletico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid unleashed Diego Costa in La Liga on Saturday and the controversial centre-forward scored the winner before being sent off in a 2-0 home win over regional rivals Getafe.

Atletico’s transfer ban ended last week and Costa was playing his first league game since rejoining the Spanish club from Chelsea.

Costa sent off after scoring Atletico winner

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid unleashed Diego Costa in La Liga on Saturday and the controversial centre-forward scored the winner before being sent off in a 2-0 home win over regional rivals Getafe.

Atletico’s transfer ban ended last week and Costa was playing his first league game since rejoining the Spanish club from Chelsea.

Prodigal: Diego Costa Marks Atletico Madrid Return By Scoring With First Shot In Copa Del Rey Win (Photo & Video)

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Diego Costa marked his first appearance back with Atletico Madrid by scoring against third-tier side Lleida Esportiu in the last 16 of the Copa Del Rey on Wednesday evening.

Costa departed Chelsea back in September but the 29-year-old was only cleared to play for Atletico in the new year due to the Spanish club's transfer embargo.

‘Happy’ Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third goal in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie.

‘Happy’ Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third goal in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie.

Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie.

Costa scores on Atletico Madrid return in cup rout

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa scored for Atletico Madrid just five minutes into his return as the club cruised to a 4-0 win at Lleida Esportiu in the Spanish Copa Del Rey on Wednesday.

Costa, who rejoined from Chelsea in September but could not play until the transfer window opened this month, came on as a 64th-minute substitute and swept home Atletico’s third in the 69th minute in the first leg of a last 16 tie.

Atletico Madrid Finally Unveil Diego Costa

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It's been a long three months for Diego Costa, but the former Chelsea forward has been formally introduced as an Atletico Madrid player.

Costa is set to wear Atleti's No 18 jersey after unveiled in front of around 25,000 fans at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday, where he revealed he waited "a long time" to rejoin the Spanish giants.

‘We Missed That Smile!’ – Atletico Madrid Finally Welcome Diego Costa Back Unto Their Freshly-Unembargoed Bosom (Photo)

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After lying dormant for the past three months, Diego Costa is finally free to start gnawing on defender's shins again in a professional capacity.

The Sprazilian striker left Chelsea in a huff back in September and returned to his spiritual home, yomping around under Diego Simeone's cutthroat tutelage at Atletico Madrid.

Espanyol inflict Atletico’s first league defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid failed to put pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico at Real Madrid as they slumped to a first La Liga defeat of the season 1-0 at Espanyol.

Sergio Garcia struck the only goal two minutes from time when he swept Esteban Granero’s cross past a helpless Jan Oblak to hand Espanyol a much-needed win to ease their relegation fears.

Espanyol inflict Atletico’s first league defeat

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Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid failed to put pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona ahead of Saturday’s El Clasico at Real Madrid as they slumped to a first La Liga defeat of the season 1-0 at Espanyol.

Sergio Garcia struck the only goal two minutes from time when he swept Esteban Granero’s cross past a helpless Jan Oblak to hand Espanyol a much-needed win to ease their relegation fears.

Griezmann will leave Atletico: Simeone

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone admitted on Friday that French forward Antoine Griezmann would likely leave the club in the near future.

The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move in the close season, but with Atletico under a transfer ban, signed a new contract to stay until 2022.

Griezmann will leave Atletico: Simeone

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Paris (AFP) – Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone admitted on Friday that French forward Antoine Griezmann would likely leave the club in the near future.

The 26-year-old was heavily linked with a move in the close season, but with Atletico under a transfer ban, signed a new contract to stay until 2022.

Video: Diego Costa being worked hard by Atletico Madrid after leaving Chelsea

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Diego Costa Pens Obligatory Open Letter To Chelsea Fans After Wrapping Up Atletico Madrid Return

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It's done. Diego Costa has officially returned to the employ of Atletico Madrid, with the striker's Chelsea exit confirmed by both parties on Tuesday night.

The transaction, said to be valued in excess of £50million, will take effect on the first day of January, 2018 the day on which Atleti's current transfer embargo is lifted.

Diego Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Diego Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Costa watches Griezmann fire Atletico into second

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Madrid (AFP) – Diego Costa watched on from the directors’ box as Atletico Madrid leapfrogged Sevilla into second in La Liga thanks to goals from Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann in a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.

Costa’s drawn out move back to Atletico from Chelsea was finally agreed on Thursday, but the striker isn’t allowed to feature until the January transfer window opens.

Chelsea boss Conte takes high road over Costa rift

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte refused to take a parting shot at Diego Costa on Friday after the exiled Chelsea striker got his wish to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Blues boss Conte fell out with Costa following the Spain star’s attempts to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge last season.

Chelsea boss Conte takes high road over Costa rift

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte refused to take a parting shot at Diego Costa on Friday after the exiled Chelsea striker got his wish to rejoin Atletico Madrid.

Blues boss Conte fell out with Costa following the Spain star’s attempts to engineer a move away from Stamford Bridge last season.

Thursday Ticker: Diego Costa agrees terms with Atletico Madrid, Villarreal pushes for Mexico charity match and more

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Two familiar faces will return to La Liga after some lengthy time away for different reasons, while a Spanish side has reached out to a Liga MX side in efforts to raise funds for this week's devastating earthquake in Mexico.

After three years, two Premier League titles and a League Cup, Diego Costa is set to leave Chelsea to rejoin forces with Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid.

Costa to return to Atletico from Chelsea

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Madrid (AFP) – Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga club.

“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.

Costa to return to Atletico from Chelsea

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Madrid (AFP) – Chelsea and Atletico Madrid announced Thursday that they had reached an initial agreement that would see Diego Costa return to the La Liga club.

“Atletico de Madrid and Chelsea have reached an initial agreement for the transfer of Diego Costa,” the Spanish side said in a statement.

Official: Chelsea Confirm Diego Costa Is Free To Return To Atletico Madrid With Heartfelt 30-Word Statement

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It's over. It's finally... over.

Chelsea have announced that they've struck a deal with Atletico Madrid that will finally allow Diego Costa to return from whence he came.

The Blues issued a statement via their club website confirming as much, and incredibly touching it was too all 30 words of it.

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Alvaro Morata frustrations.

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Alvaro Morata is having a testing time at the moment having drawn another blank against The Arsenal last night. It's important to stick with him and not turn against him.

It sounds ridiculous to say it really considering the start he has had to his Chelsea career but if anything, it's because he started so well and pretty much set the standard, when he falls below those he is seen as a disappointment.

Ray Wilkins talks Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and David Luiz.

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It was our privilege at AskFans recently to get to interview a true legend – ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and England superstar Ray 'Butch' Wilkins. For our younger viewers, Ray was the 'hod carrier with benefits' in the successful 1980s Manchester United side alongside the more dynamic Bryan Robson, and he enjoyed a superb youthful career at Chelsea too.

Diego Costa: Forget the negativity - It's time to pay tribute for what he did for us on the pitch.

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On Thursday, Chelsea finally announced that a deal had been agreed for the transfer of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. Despite all the negativity that has surrounded his situation over the summer and beyond, it's now time to pay tribute to the man that came here and took the Premier League by storm.

Diego Costa: 100 days without playing - issued warning and final HUGE offer submitted by Atletico.

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Today the 20th September marks 100 days since Diego Costa played an official football match for Spain against Macedonia in a World cup qualifier in June.
The continued stand-off is nothing but an embarrassment to all of us and an ongoing issue that does not seem to be going away for the next three months.

Have Chelsea found a striker better than Diego Costa in Alvaro Morata?

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After an impressive start to his Chelsea career with three goals and a couple of assists, Alvaro Morata is quickly becoming a Chelsea fans favourite. Have we found ourselves a better alternative to Diego Costa?

We all know the qualities that Diego Costa displayed during the three seasons he spent at Chelsea.

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Diego Costa, Jose Mourinho and David Luiz among Antonio Conte's spats

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Antonio Conte is an uncompromising man, and in his 16 months as Chelsea head coach the Italian has shown on numerous occasions he is prepared to fight to protect what he sees as his club's interests, even if it ends up making him a few enemies along the way. David Luiz heads into the November international break on the naughty step after being dropped against Manchester United, while technical director Michael Emenalo made the surprise decision to step down amid significant tensions between Conte and the Chelsea hierarchy -- though the relationship between the Nigerian and Conte did not reach the stage of those below.