The one thing that seems certain in this whole Diego Costa ... I don’t even know what to call it ... thing (?) is that no one outside of Costa, Costa’s agent, and maybe by now Antonio Conte seems to know what is actually going on. There are roughly three divergent plot lines to this pulp fiction (back issue? bust-up? China?), possibly converging on one flashpoint like some long lost fourth movie in Iñárritu’s Death Trilogy. The “facts” as we know them are the following (the why and the how is where the drama lies of course): Diego Costa did not train (for much of) last week Diego Costa did not travel to Leicester and thus did not play Diego Costa trained on his own at Cobham on Monday Here’s
Things got heated on Sunday between Real Madrid and Sevilla in La Liga. Playing for the third time in a span of two weeks, Real Madrid was awarded a penalty kick after Sergio Rico took down Dani Carvajal in the box in the second half, and Cristiano Ronaldo went to take it. But before that, Sevilla's Vitolo tried to mess with the penalty spot by kicking up some of the paint and grass. Ronaldo didn't like that, so he threw the ball at him and hit him. He then escaped punishment and put away the penalty kick. Talk about everything going your way. Real gets the penalty kick, gets in a cheapshot and scores a goal. As for Sevilla, it couldn't have gotten much worse.
Arsene Wenger has identified M’Baye Niang as the man he wants to sign should Alexis Sanchez leave Arsenal this summer, according to reports. Sanchez is reportedly unsettled at the Emirates Stadium and could be on his way out of the club as talks over a new contract continue. His current deal expires at the end of next season. Sign up to our daily newsletter for your chance to win. According to Mundo Deportivo, Arsenal is already planning for Sanchez’s departure and sees 22-year-old Niang, who plays for AC Milan, as his replacement.