Published: Tue, September 26, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Chelsea, Atletico Madrid Confirm Costa Return To LaLiga Club

Chelsea, Atletico Madrid Confirm Costa Return To LaLiga Club

"After three months without playing, but training a little, I'm not in as bad shape as people say", Costa, who has been accused of being overweight, insisted.

Costa won two Premier League titles in his three seasons at Stamford Bridge, but admitted to pandering for a return to Atletico as early as his first season in England.

Conte described Morata as the type of person a father would welcome with open arms if the 24-year-old were to come home with their daughter.

"I'm pleased for Eden [Hazard] because in the last game he played very well but I think he played with good intensity, now his injury is overcome", Conte said in his press conference.

As the Spanish press continue waiting for Diego Costa's transfer from Chelsea to Atletico Madrid to be sorted, it's time to become a bit anxious about his physical form.

"He's a good finisher, he feels the goal in every moment".

"I have no problem", Conte added. We wish him all the best for the future.

"Now it [how bad the Costa relationship got] is not important, I'm not interested to continue talking about this issue".

Morata uploaded a video to Instagram on Sunday showing him enjoying a game of golf on his day off.

Conte had been asked ahead of Chelsea's trip to Stoke City about whether it is an issue that, with an experienced striker like Costa no longer being used, Morata is just 24 and has only had one season as a first-choice forward at a big club.

The player will return to Atletico Madrid after the Spanish club has reached an agreement for the transfer with Chelsea.

The deal is initially a loan until the end of the season with a commitment to buy. That ensured he would not become cup-tied and therefore remains free to play in the competition for another team in the second part of the season.

Only midfielder Danny Drinkwater (calf) and defender David Luiz, who is suspended domestically and has a broken wrist, are absent against Stoke.

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