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Striker Costa signs five-year deal at Chelsea, Juventus’ coach resigns

Diego Costa will be a Chelsea player for the next five years

Chelsea’s new striker Diego Costa, a 32 million pound ($54.87 million) signing from Atletico Madrid at the start of the month, has completed his transfer and signed a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

“I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team mates,” Costa, 25, was quoted as saying on the club’s website (www.chelseafc.com).

“I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.

“I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am. It was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea.”

Powerful and direct, the Brazilian-born striker built a strong reputation in Spain as a fine finisher, scoring 64 goals in 134 appearances for Atletico, and helping them to the Spanish title last season and the Champions League final.

Conte stuns Juventus
Antonio Conte, who coached Juventus to three successive Italian league titles, has stunned Serie A by resigning two months after signing a deal for this season.

Conte won three successive Italian league titles with Juve
Conte won three successive Italian league titles with Juve

“I need to announce the decision to mutually terminate my contract with Juventus, which tied us together for this season,” Conte told the Juventus TV Channel. “There was a journey towards this decision.”

Conte, a former Juventus player for 13 years who took charge at the Turin club in 2011, wanted investment in the team in order to mount a serious challenge in the Champions League.

His Serie A champions finished 17 points ahead of second-placed AS Roma as they became the first team to break the 100-points barrier.

The best Conte could muster in Europe, however, was an appearance in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in 2013, when Juve were brushed aside 4-0 on aggregate by eventual winners Bayern Munich.

Last season they crashed out at the group stage before losing their Europa League semi-final with Benfica 2-1 on aggregate.

“You were a great leader for our lads and this news leaves me enormously sad,” Juventus CEO Andrea Agnelli said on the club website (www.juventus.com).

“I think of the three years we spent together, three years that allowed us to write history with this club: three consecutive league titles, two Italian Super Cups, but above all exponential growth.”

Conte’s contract with Juve was set to end next June, but at the end of last season he refused to commit his future to the club, where he made more than 500 appearances in 13 years as a player.

Throughout last season he spoke about how a lack of resources was hampering Juve’s potential to take on the best on the continent and after winning the title, he said he was “tired”.

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