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Diego Costa Hit With Fine By Chelsea After Failing To Return For Pre-Season

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Diego Costa has been fined two weeks’ wages by Chelsea for failing to return to pre-season training with the club last month.

The striker is currently in his hometown in Brazil and has suggested in an interview with the Daily Mail that he feels Chelsea are blocking his desired move back to former club Atletico Madrid.

It is understood the fine is in the region of £300,000.

In his Mail interview, Costa also criticised Antonio Conte for telling him via a text message earlier this summer that he was no longer wanted at the club.

Costa also threatened to see out the remainder of his contract at Stamford Bridge, but that would mean staying away for two years to allow him to leave the club on a free transfer.

He said: “If I have to I will stay in Brazil. I am open to being a year in Brazil without playing, even if Chelsea fine me for a year and don’t pay me. I’ll come back stronger. If I was in the wrong, I’d go back now and do as they say.”

Costa has not been to Chelsea’s training ground at Cobham since they won the Premier League title in May and there have been reports the club have been concerned he has been putting on weight in order to lower their £50m valuation.

Atletico Madrid want to re-sign the Spain international after he scored 54 senior goals in over 100 appearances at the club, before selling him to Chelsea for £32m in 2014.

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Premier League! Sarri Identifies First Signing For Chelsea (SEE)

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Maurizio Sarri has identified Belgian midfielder, Dries Mertens as his first signing when he becomes Chelsea boss.

Chelsea are expected to announce their decision on a new manager soon with Sarri making much of the headlines as Antonio Conte’s replacement.

Conte is expected to leave Stamford Bridge despite leading the club to the FA Cup title last season.

The Mirror UK reports that Sarri wants to make Mertens his first signing as Chelsea manager.

The former Napoli boss is closing in on a move to take over at Stamford Bridge, and wants the 31-year-old to come to London along with him.

Maurizio Sarri has identified Belgian midfielder, Dries Mertens as his first signing when he becomes Chelsea boss.

Mertens scored 22 goals under Sarri at Napoli last season, as Napoli finished second in Serie A.

 

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“Mikel Obi Is A Bad Number 10 For Super Eagles” – Mourinho

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Sequel to the opening Group D World Cup match of the Super Eagles against Croatia on Saturday which ended with a 2-0 victory in favour to the Crotian team, Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi is a bad number 10.

Mourinho stated this after Nigeria’s loss to Croatia on Saturday. The Portuguese gaffer, who signed Mikel for Chelsea in 2006 and converted him from an attacking midfielder to a defensive midfield, said Nigeria has lost a good defensive midfielder in the person of Mikel.

Speaking as a World Cup pundit on the Russian TV station, RT, Mourinho said, referring to Mikel: “Nigeria lost a good No.6 to get a bad No.10.”

Mikel has often played an advanced role for the Eagles, while he played a much deeper role for Chelsea successfully for close to 11 years.

The Eagles will face Iceland on Friday needing a win to keep hope alive.

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Co touch down in Russia ahead of World Cup after Real Madrid star leaves young Portugal fan ‘crying with happiness’ in Lisbon

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  • Portugal arrived  Lisbon airport on Saturday morning ahead of flying out
  • European champions are jetting out to Russia six days before opening game
  • Cristiano Ronaldo and Co face Spain in Sochi in Group B clash on Friday
  • The squad then arrived on their plane in Moscow on Saturday afternoon 

According to reports a young Portugal fan gave his national side heroes and Cristiano Ronaldo an emotional send off as they jetted out to Russia for the World Cup on Saturday.

C. Ronaldo was leading the European champions through Humberto Delgado Airport in the Portuguese capital Lisbon when he was approached by a youngster wearing his shirt.

The Real Madrid star stopped to embrace the kid, posed for pictures and then left him ‘crying with happiness’ after giving him an autograph before heading for the departure lounge.

A young Portugal fan ran up to greet Cristiano Ronaldo as he arrived at Lisbon airport

A young Portugal fan ran up to greet Cristiano Ronaldo as he arrived at Lisbon

Ronaldo shares an embrace with the young fan as he got ready to fly out to Russia

Ronaldo led the youngster inside and left him 'crying with happiness' according to the mother

Ronaldo led the youngster inside and left him ‘crying with happiness’ according to the mother

The Real Madrid star gave the child an autograph before heading into the departure lounge

The Real Madrid star gave the child an autograph before heading into the departure lounge

Ronaldo gives a thumbs up to the camera as he prepares to jet off to Russia

Ronaldo gives a thumbs up to the camera as he prepares to jet off to Russia

The 33-year-old smiles and waves to the camera as he gets set to arrive at the World Cup

The 33-year-old smiles and waves to the camera as he gets set to arrive at the World Cup

The Real Madrid star led the European champions as they departed for the World Cup

The Real Madrid star led the European champions as they departed for the World Cup

The Portugal plane lands in Moscow as the players arrive for the World Cup later this month

The Portugal plane lands in Moscow as the players arrive for the World Cup later this month

Ronaldo then arrived with his Portugal team-mates at the Zhukovsky International Airport

Ronaldo then arrived with his Portugal team-mates at the Zhukovsky International Airport

The Portugal players disembark from the plane after arriving at the airport in Moscow

His mother told reporters: ‘He loves the national team so he is now very happy. He managed to get an autograph from Cristiano Ronaldo and now he is crying with happiness.’

The Real Madrid stars and his team-mates arrived in Moscow on Saturday afternoon, looking as well-groomed as they did before they left their home country.

They wore Portugal flags on their lapels to show their spirit ahead of the highly-anticipated tournament in Russia.

Credit: dailymail

 

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