Antonio Conte heaps praise on Morata after scoring his first Chelsea hat-trick

Antonio Conte and Alvaro Morata

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata received encomium from Antonio Conte after his superb performance against Stoke City, recording his first hat-trick for the Stamford Bridge club. The Spaniard’s hat-trick handed Chelsea 4-0 victory at Stoke City in the Premier League clash. He opened the scoring after only 83 seconds, slotting in after Cesar Azpilicueta flicked on…

Lukaku maintains dream start at Man United as his strike hands Red Devils victory (Match Report)

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku’s first-half strike was enough to claim the away win for Manchester United, who remain on the same points tally as rivals Manchester City, 5-0 winners at home to Crystal Palace. The match kicked off in almost perfect conditions, as the Southampton sunshine beamed down on St Mary’s. There were few chances in the…

Willian opens up on departures of Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic, John Terry, others from Chelsea

Terry, Costa, Diego Costa, Ivanovic, Willian

Chelsea midfielder Willian has denied claim Chelsea have been weakened by the exits of high-profile players from Stamford Bridge, stating that the Premier League champions are just as strong as last season. The Premier League champions allowed long-serving captain John Terry, influential midfielder Nemanja Matic to leave the club in the summer and have agreed…

Diego Costa’s former Chelsea teammate welcomes striker back to Atletico as he arrives in Madrid

Diego Simeone and Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid full-back Felipe Luis has expressed his ‘delight’ at the return of his ‘friend’ Diego Costa at the club. Both players joined Chelsea in the summer of 2014 from the then-Spanish champions, although Luis returned to Los Rojiblancos the following summer. Atléticos, a friend says hi! pic.twitter.com/l9AzyL9ou8 — Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) September 22,…

Atletico Madrid star warns Diego Costa as he returns to Spain

Eden Hazard and Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has welcomed Diego Costa’s impending return to the club but warned he was not a guaranteed starter. The central midfielder was a teammate of the 28-year-old during his last stint in the Spanish capital, before he departed to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2014, reports Football Espana. “He knows there…

Diego Costa spotted at airport, says he has no bitterness towards Conte

Antonio Conte and Diego Costa

Atletico Madrid-bound Diego Costa has denied claim he is upset with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte especially with the way he was treated by the Italian in the summer. Chelsea announced on Thursday that they had agreed to sell the Spain international back to Atletico for a fee understood to be over £50m, subject to personal…

Details of Diego Costa deal released as Chelsea agree striker’s move to Atletico Madrid

Manchester City 1-3 Chelsea... Costa

Reports in London assert Chelsea are loaning Diego Costa to Atlético Madrid for the rest of the season and the Spanish club have committed to buy him for €65 million (£57.1m) at the end of that arrangement. According to The Telegraph, the deal for Costa to leave was finally struck after it was agreed that…

Spain national team manager warns Chelsea outcast Diego Costa

Julen Lopetegui and Diego Costa

Diego has been warned to forget about playing for Spain at next year’s World Cup unless he resolves his future. The Chelsea striker, 28, remains in exile in Brazil as he tries to force through a move to Atletico Madrid. Spain boss Julen Lopetegui fears Costa needs to be playing regularly before he can be…

Chelsea spoil for battle with Manchester City over Italian wonderkid

Conte and Guardiola

Chelsea and Manchester City are interested in Genoa’s 16-year-old striking sensation Pietro Pellegri after Inter, Milan and Juventus, according to Football Italia. The centre-forward already found the net on his Serie A debut in May against Roma, then came off the bench to bag a brace in Sunday night’s 3-2 defeat to Lazio. It is…