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Diego Costa says he has “to find a way out” of Conte’s Chelsea

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Diego Costa says he’s not wanted by Chelsea, and Atletico Madrid’s transfer ban makes his situation even more difficult.

Costa claims that Antonio Conte informed him that he’s not part of his plans next season, and also says that he cannot wait for Atleti’s ban to be lifted.

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That’s what we call a Grade A predicament, though we imagine there are plenty of suitors in the market for a gigantic striker who scores goals by the dozen.

From The Guardian:

“My relationship with the coach has been bad this season. I suppose I’ve had a bad season so I can’t go on,” Costa said.

“I’m going to be honest, the other day, Conte sent me a message saying he does not count on me for next season, so I’ll have to find a way out.”

The 28-year-old is coming off his second 20-goal Premier League season in three tries, and could take a big pay day at any number of clubs. Costa could even select a team for a season with the understanding that he’d leave for Atleti after the year.

In terms of Premier League clubs, Costa has experience playing for Jose Mourinho though it would be odd for Chelsea to sell him to a title rival (which also rules out an Arsenal side which would relish his presence).

AC Milan has been willing to spend in Italy, and Costa’s game would not be alien in Germany’s Bundesliga. Given the way Zlatan Ibrahimovic dominated Ligue 1, Costa could also spend a year there.

Costa has said he’s not interested in China, so we have a rather hilarious idea for him: Sign for the next four months in MLS, score 30 goals, then take two months off before going to Atleti. Seriously. Ask LA for a percentage of jersey sales. They’d love it.

Six Premier Leaguers named to Argentina, but no Icardi

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Argentina’s World Cup roster features a number of the usual suspects, particularly up front, but Serie A’s top goalscorer has been surprisingly left off the list of 23.

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Manager Jorge Sampaoli’s squad was made official on Monday, which includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain.

The Albiceleste won’t be taking Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi though, which has raised some questions about the decision.

Icardi led all scorers in Italy’s top flight this season, scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A matches, while Paulo Dybala edged out the final striker spot in the Argentina squad.

Dybala is teammates with Higuain at Italian giants Juventus.

Meanwhile, six Premier League players were named into the South American nation’s squad, including goalkeepers Sergio Romero (Man United) and Willy Caballero (Chelsea), as well as Nicolas Otamendi (Man City), Marcos Rojo (Man United) and Manuel Lanzini (West Ham).

Men in Blazers POD: FA Cup recap, UCL final preview and more

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Rog and Davo recap a spite-fueled, snear-filled, peak Phil Jones FA Cup Final, preview this weekend’s Champions League tilt between Liverpool and Real Madrid and eulogize Big Sam… gone the opposite of too soon. Plus, World Cup rosters and MLS.

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Long-term absentee Santi Cazorla will leave Arsenal

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Santi Cazorla hasn’t played a match for the Gunners since suffering a gruesome Achilles injury back in October 2016.

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And unfortunately for the Spaniard, Cazorla won’t feature for Arsenal again after six years at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal released a statement on Monday revealing the veteran midfielder won’t return to the club in 2018/19, which isn’t unexpected given the extent of his injury.

In his time with the Gunners, Cazorla made 180 appearances in all competitions for the club, and helped Arsenal win two FA Cups.

Cazorla was also a member of the Spanish national team squads that won back-to-back UEFA EURO competitions in 2008 and 2012.

Wolfsburg keeps Bundesliga spot with playoff win

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Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 win (4-1 on aggregate) over Holstein Kiel on Monday in the second leg of its German promotion playoff as the Bundesliga side kept its place in the top flight.

Robin Knoche scored the game-winner in the second leg, which ensured Wolfsburg’s stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the 2017/18 season.

The hosts boasted a number of quality chances in the first half, including David Kinsombi’s close-range shot that tested Wolfsburg keeper Koen Casteels with a save, however, Holstein couldn’t break through.

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks went the full 90 minutes for Wolfsburg, after the 25-year-old made nine starts this season for the German side in league play.