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Chelsea boss Conte laughs off Costa criticism

Chelsea boss Conte laughs off Costa criticism

Diego Costa says Chelsea are demanding a fee Atletico Madrid "can't get near" for the Spain striker to complete his desired move back to his former club.

The Blues striker is now exiled in Brazil because of a text message row earlier this summer that saw Conte tell Costa he has no future at Stamford Bridge.

"This moment is not easy for us but I am very happy to have this group of players because they showed me great commitment, desire and will to improve after a great season".

The Express claim Conte is hoping to bring in up to five new signings with Southampton's defensive trio Virgil van Dijk, Cedric Soares and Ryan Bertrand all identified as prime targets.

'Don't forget that we played with four new players from last season. Spurs were one of the few teams to beat them previous year and they showed last week at St.James' Park that they were seemingly going to carry on from where they left off last season.

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Atletico are under a transfer ban until January, but Costa has made it clear that he wants Diego Simeone's side to be his next destination.

Courtois was beaten by his teammate as Michy Batshuayi's own goal had drawn Spurs level for a spell and the 25-year-old reckons all Tottenham's rivals will be at their best when they travel to Wembley.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has this evening taken time to single out David Luiz for individual praise following the Brazilian's impressive performance vs Tottenham.

Cesc Fabregas of Chelsea reacts to being sent off during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Burnley at Stamford Bridge on August 12, 2017 in London, England.

Conte has been told that far from adopting a frugal approach to spending this summer, Abramovich has actually invested £150 million on three established internationals to boost the squad that won the Premier League title three months ago. When we heard Conte didn't want me anymore, my agent went to find out if there was interest from Atletico for me coming back. "Holidays are good but it gets tiresome". "I said if I'm not part of the manager's plans I would like to choose my destination".