Thursday 17 August 2017

Costa to stay on for Conte revolution

Diego Costa is set to remain at Chelsea Photo: PA
Diego Costa is set to remain at Chelsea Photo: PA

Matt Law

Diego Costa has agreed to be part of Antonio Conte's Chelsea revolution,with the new manager eager to partner the striker with Spain star Alvaro Morata.

Despite completing the £33m signing of Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, Conte wants to add Morata to his squad and keep Costa. He is also interested in Graziano Pelle, in case Chelsea cannot agree a fee with Real Madrid for Morata, who is valued at around £50m.

Costa has told Chelsea team-mates over the past fortnight that he will remain at Stamford Bridge.

Conte is also hoping to sign midfielder N'Golo Kante from Leicester and will step up his pursuit of a central defender, with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly the most likely to arrive.

Despite the fact he has used a back three with Italy, Conte will work towards employing a 4-2-4 formation when he starts work next week.

He wants to partner Kante with Cesc Fabregas in midfield and then have Eden Hazard and Willian flanking his front two - Costa with either Morata or Batshuayi, with Pelle on the bench.

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