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Diego Costa filmed in Atletico Madrid shirt saying 'give Conte a hug' as Chelsea exit draws closer

Monday, July 17, 2017 Diego Costa has been filmed wearing an Atletico Madrid strip, saying ‘give Conte a hug’, as his move away from Chelsea continues to drag on.  The Spain striker has been allowed to skip Chelsea’s pre-season and was filmed partying in his native Brazil while negotiations for his move back to Madrid continue.  The video was shown on Instagram Live, with what appeared to be a family and friends partying with loud music playing, the camera then pans round to show him wearing the kit of his…

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Ariana Grande concert 'threatened' by man in Costa Rica

A 22-year-old Colombian man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening to attack an Ariana Grande concert in Costa Rica. Caicedo Lopez was detained in the early hours of Sunday and the concert in Alajuela went ahead as planned. The threats were written in Arabic and made online. Security has been tightened at Grande’s concerts since the attack at one of her Manchester shows and fans underwent three security checks for Sunday’s gig. Twenty-two people were killed in the Manchester Arena attack, including seven children. Costa Rica police chief Walter…

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Chelsea FC news: Diego Costa to miss start of pre-season amid uncertainty over Blues future

Diego Costa has been told he can leave Chelsea Monday, July 10, 2017 Chelsea striker Diego Costa will miss the start of pre-season training.  It is understood the 28-year-old’s absence has been mutually agreed and he did not join the squad as they returned to work on Monday. It is unclear exactly when the Spain international will return to training with the Premier League champions, who are due to travel to China and Singapore next week for their summer tour. Costa’s extended absence from the squad only intensifies rumours that…

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DEAL CLOSE! Diego Costa edges towards Chelsea exit as Atletico Madrid return looms

The 28-year-old is set for a move back to his former club Wednesday, July 5, 2017 Chelsea striker Diego Costa is close to sealing a return to his former club Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain. The 28-year-old has looked certain to depart Stamford Bridge ever since he revealed a text message from Blues boss Antonio Conte, telling him he had no future in west London. Costa would be unable to play for Atletico until January at the earliest due to the club’s transfer ban which prevents them from…

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Antonio Conte backs 'best striker in world' Diego Costa to upstage Romelu Lukaku

Antonio Conte has backed the “best striker in the world” Diego Costa to upstage Everton’s Romelu Lukaku on Sunday – and to guide Chelsea to Premier League glory. Belgium hitman Lukaku tops the league scoring charts with 24 goals and will be looking to sink his former club when the leaders visit Goodison Park. But, even though the 23-year-old has been linked with a summer return to Stamford Bridge, Blues boss Conte continues to insist he prefers his 19-goal talisman Costa. Costa ended a five-match barren spell in the Premier…

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Costa scores twice as Chelsea stretch lead to seven points

Chelsea restored their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points with a convincing win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Antonio Conte’s side had seen their advantage cut by Tottenham after the Blues’ loss at Manchester United – but this was an emphatic response to follow on from Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final win against their London rivals. Eden Hazard and Diego Costa were both back in the starting line-up after Wembley and were key figures, the Belgian putting Chelsea ahead with a low shot after five minutes….

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Costa Book of the Year: Sebastian Barry celebrates second win

Sebastian Barry has become the first novelist to win the prestigious Costa Book of the Year prize twice. Days Without End, a novel that begins in the 1850s, tells the story of two Irish soldiers who go to fight in US wars, including the civil war. The Dublin-born author and playwright, 61, was inspired to write about the gay relationship at the heart of the story after his youngest son came out. Barry, who receives £30,000, also won in 2008 with The Secret Scripture. Prof Kate Williams, who chaired the…

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