Atletico agree deal to re-sign Costa from Chelsea

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As for Hazard, after making his first start of the season in the League Cup last week, the Belgium worldwide was again named as a substitute the win over Stoke as he continues to recover from a fractured ankle.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke has welcomed Diego Costa's impending return to the club but warned he was not a guaranteed starter.

The 28-year-old had previously netted 43 goals in 94 league appearances for Atletico, where his physical presence was also a major asset to Diego Simeone's side.

Chelsea announced on Thursday that they had come to an agreement with the Brazilian-born Spaniard to return to La Liga in a deal believed to be a club-record fee worth upwards of £44m.

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The departing Chelsea striker was forced to spend the summer in his hometown of Lagarto after Conte ordered him to stay away from his preparations. "We wish him all the best for the future", Conte said.

"I think Alvaro played very well and he took his goals very well, which for a striker is very important", Conte said.

Relations between Costa and Chelsea deteriorated further over the summer with the player - having initially been granted granted an additional summer break after being told he could leave the club - ending up in exile in Brazil.

Chelsea play at Atletico next Wednesday in Champions League Group C, and all parties will be relieved the matter has been resolved.

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"We want to thank him for what he did with this club", Conte was quoted as saying by FourFourTwo.

"I am pleased for his performance and pleased for the performance of the team".

"Alvaro is a great lad", Fabregas said. This season they sold too many good young players and not bought enough for an upcoming Champions League challenge and to retain the Premier League title. To a certain extent they also made it easier because they were happy for me to leave'.

He returned to the first team, however, and ended the season with 20 Premier League goals as Chelsea lifted the title. "I think the past is not important".

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