Morata Must Improve On Consistency — Zola

According to Spanish publication Marca, Atletico Madrid and the Blues have agreed a deal for the 28-year-old wantaway striker, and the move should be announced soon.

It has been claimed that Costa has refused to return to the club for training, despite being included in the Blues' 25-man Premier League squad.

He wants a return to Atletico but the La Liga club were not willing to meet Chelsea's £50million demands for a player they wouldn't be able to field until January due to a transfer ban.

Diego Simeone's side take on Chelsea in the Champions League on 27 September and both clubs are reportedly confident a deal will be concluded in advance of the tie.

But now Gianluca Di Marzio is claiming that Costa has arrived in Madrid to train at a private facility in an effort to force Roman Abramovich's hand and agree to his sale.

Morata is quoted as saying by the Evening Standard: "It's not easy adapting to a new country with a different style of play but I am working hard".

"Obviously Antonio Conte with his methods, his work ethic, he is helping him a lot and it seems he is going in the right direction".

"The reaction (after the Burnley defeat), especially in the derby (2-1 win) against Tottenham, was very good".

Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has admitted his sadness over the club's ongoing transfer dispute with striker Diego Costa.

"Nobody doubts the quality and value of the player but something must have gone wrong in the changing room", Zola, who played up front for Chelsea for seven years, told talkSPORT.

  • Ricardo Clara