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Diego Costa regrets manner of Chelsea exit, but speaks of 'special affection' for club after returning 'home' to Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa’s end to his time at Chelsea was a sad affair Saturday, September 23, 2017 Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having “special affection” for people at the club. The 28-year-old finally agreed a move back to Atletico Madrid earlier this week and arrived in the Spanish capital on Friday, ending weeks of exile in Brazil. 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…

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It's not the way I wanted to leave Chelsea – Costa

Diego Costa says he did not want to leave Chelsea on bad terms and that he has “special affection” for the club. Atletico Madrid have agreed a deal with Chelsea to bring the striker, 28, back to the Spanish club. Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil. “I’m not going to be ungrateful to Chelsea, where I was also very happy, playing in a team that was great,” said Costa after arriving in Madrid. “Atletico is my home.” Listen:…

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Crystal Palace FC exclusive: Wilfried Zaha tells talkSPORT he is hoping to be fit for Chelsea clash

Wilfried Zaha has been out of action since Crystal Palace’s opening day defeat to Huddersfield Thursday, September 21, 2017 Wilfried Zaha is working hard to return to full fitness and is hopeful he will be ready to feature when Crystal Palace play Chelsea on October 14. Zaha, the Ivory Coast international, has been out of action since the opening day, having picked up a knee injury in Palace’s defeat to Huddersfield. He has watched from the sidelines as the Eagles have gone a further four matches without picking up a…

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Tammy Abraham: Chelsea youngster, on loan at Swansea, denies claims he is set to play for Nigeria

Tammy Abraham has underlined his commitment to having an international career with England. Reports on Thursday suggested the Nigeria Football Federation is hopeful of persuading the England Under-21 international, who qualifies for the African nation through his father, to switch countries. But the Swansea striker, on loan from Chelsea, is adamant England are the country for him. In a statement, Abraham said: “Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance. “I can confirm I met…

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Diego Costa: Chelsea agree terms with Atletico Madrid to sell striker

Chelsea have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of striker Diego Costa back to the Spanish club. The move, which will be completed in January, is subject to the agreement of personal terms and a medical. Atletico said the 28-year-old, who left the club to join Chelsea in 2014, would have a medical in the next few days. Spain international Costa has not played for the Blues this season, and spent much of August in his native Brazil. He cannot be registered as a player for the La…

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, September 21: Sterling-Sanchez swap deal back on? Everton and Chelsea keen on Cavani?

Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers and online… Arsenal could make a fresh move for Raheem Sterling in January. Gunners chief Arsene Wenger is a big fan of the Manchester City forward and may try and engineer a swap deal involving Alexis Sanchez. (Daily Mirror) Arsenal are planning a swoop for Marseille defensive prospect Christopher Rocchia. The left-back, 19, is rated the French club’s most promising youngster. (The Sun) Arsenal and Manchester City are keeping tabs on Fulham’s latest teenage wonderkid Matt O’Riley. O’Riley has caught the eye of the Premier League duo after breaking…

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