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Chelsea boss offers Diego Costa update amid squad size concerns

No way back

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has claimed over and over again he has concerns over his squad, and the fact he does not have enough players to compete on all fronts come next season.

That being said, when asked about Diego Costa, who he of course exiled from the squad, Conte remained firm, and claimed the player would not be allowed back into the side and will be sold this summer.

The Express report he said: “I think a lot about Costa.

“I think I was very clear in the past and I think now it’s not important to repeat.”

That is of course the opposite of what many of the fans think – with Costa still loved at the club due to his goals, and even skipper Gary Cahill coming out and expressing reservations over the sale of Costa and indeed the board this summer – given they’ve failed to really make any big moves bar those for Bakayoko and Morata – and have also sold a huge amount of players – and all but abandoned any pretence of allowing young players to do well in the side and flourish.

Hard league

He also made it very clear that the league Chelsea are fighting in is one of the hardest in the world – and that players need to come in for him to be able to do his job properly come the start of the new season this weekend.

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When asked if he wants more players, the Italian repeated the same message he’s said all summer: “Yes very hard. For sure. 

“This league is not easy. You have to fight against other teams. 

“This league is different to other countries, [where] you’ll find two teams to fight; here, you have six teams which are very strong. You must be prepared to fight very hard.”