Wednesday, 20 July 2016

SPORTS:Conte talks up Diego Costa's possible transfer to Atletico



– Antonio Conte says Diego Costa
is happy at Chelsea
– Costa has been linked with a
move to Atletico Madrid
– Conte says it will take time for
players to adapt to him
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte has
come out to clear the air on the
future of star striker Diego Costa
who has been linked with a return
to former club Atletico Madrid.
Diego Costa (L) of Chelsea
competes for the ball with Tamas
Szanto (R) of Rapid Vienna during
a friendly match
Atletico president Enrique Cerezo
recently claimed that Costa was
‘close’ to rejoining the Champions
League finalists, but Conte
says happy at the club, and will
score lots of goals next season.
Speaking in a press conference
ahead of Chelsea’s Wednesday-night
friendly against RZ Pellets, the
Italian said: “Diego is our player. He
is a fantastic player, a player with a
fundamental importance and there is
no problem.”
“He stays with us, he is working very
hard, he is very happy to work with
his teammates and with me in the
new idea of football. He is a Chelsea
player.




“He is an important player, a very
strong player, one of the best in the
world, and I am sure when he goes
into our ideas he will score a lot of
goals for us.
The manager also talked about his
acclimatization with Chelsea and the
players on the books of the club.
Conte giving instructions in his first
match as manager
“It’s also important to have a bit of
time for me to know the players and
for the players to know me. In the
Euros I had a finished team. Now we
are building. In this moment it’s
normal I have a bit of difficulty with
this change because with Chelsea we
are beginning our season.
“I am getting to know a lot of new
players and I’m bringing them a new
idea of football. We need a bit of time
but I saw a lot of positive things this
week.”
Chelsea have so far signed Michy
Batshuayi from Marseille and N’Golo
Kante from Leicester City this
summer.