Juventus club director Beppe Marotta has claimed that Alex Sandro wants to remain with the Serie A champions
“He said he wants to stay here, so we sent the offers right back where they came from.” (Goal)
Sky Sports pundit Danny Higginbotham believes Alvaro Morata can have a similar impact to that of Diego Costa
“Last season we saw so many instances where Diego Costa dropped deep and then players would get in behind.
“The problem [for the opposition] then is that the centre-halves will squeeze up so the full-backs will have to squeeze up. What happens then is that the spaces become apparent.
“This is where you are going to look at Morata.
“Morata for me is much more of a Costa style centre-forward. Conte will be hoping he can have the same effect. It’s the style that they are used to playing and it’s the style that Conte wants to play as well.” (Sky Sports)
Costa has stated the club are pricing him out of a return to Atletico Madrid
“I said that if I’m not part of the manager’s plans, I would like to choose my destination. I’m not going to let them decide just to get more money.
“When I came to Chelsea they paid a lot less compared to what’s being offered to them. I think they should take into account everything that I’ve done. It’s not my fault that I’m not at the club. If it was down to me I’d be playing. It’s already been one month. Holidays are good but it gets tiresome.” (Sky Sports)
Atleti captain Gabi told the press that Costa must respect Chelsea if he is to get his move
“From what I understand, Atletico Madrid want to sign him and he wants to join.
“However, we must know that there is Chelsea in the middle and when you are part of a club you must respect the badge and try and leave in the best way.” (Football Espana)
Antonio Conte believes Andreas Christensen is ready to play regularly for the club
“I trust him, I told before he is a player ready to play for Chelsea. I trust Christensen.
“Last week, he played a good game, he showed a great personality, he can improve a lot. For sure he is a good prospect to be a Chelsea player.
“He had good experience with two years with Borussia Monchengladbach and now he is ready to stay with us.” (football.london)