Chelsea defender David Luiz has joined Thibaut Courtois in poking fun at Diego Costa, after making reference to the wantaway striker during an Instagram post marking the return of Didier Drogba.
Chelsea legend Drogba has been enjoying himself around the club’s Cobham training ground this week, with the Phoenix Rising striker building up his fitness following a slight injury.
Drogba posted: ‘Feels good to be back @chelseafc and see some familiar faces, doing some great work here with the medical and hopefully I’ll be back soon to you @phxrisingfc PS. good luck tonight boys.’
But having been pictured earlier this week with Costa’s replacement Alvaro Morata, Luiz has joined Courtois in mocking the Spaniard with a phrase made famous during Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The Brazilian reposted Drogba’s photo including the same phrase used by Courtois in a picture of him and Costa earlier on Saturday, attracting over 160,000 likes within two hours.
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique heightened belief among fans that Neymar would remain at the Nou Camp this summer when he posted in Spanish, ‘Se Queda’ (meaning ‘he stays’) with a picture of him and the player.
Having joined PSG for a world-record fee this summer, the phrase has become known among football fans and players alike, and is now seemingly used ironically to make light of transfer sagas.
Courtois was the first to copy Pique in reference to Costa, after the player remained a Chelsea player beyond the Spanish summer transfer window deadline on Friday night.
The unsettled striker made it known during Sportsmail’s exclusive interview last month that he wishes to re-join Atletico Madrid, but they are under a transfer embargo until January meaning Costa would be unable to play for Diego Simeone’s team until the turn of the year.
The uncertainty has not stopped Chelsea from taking the shock decision of including castaway striker Costa in their 25-man Premier League squad.
Costa is currently holed up in his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil and refusing to return to Chelsea after a major fallout with manager Antonio Conte at the start of the summer.
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Cairo on Zappacosta and Belotti
Torino President Urbano Cairo was “never afraid of losing” Andrea Belotti, but the Chelsea offer for Davide Zappacosta was “too good to refuse.”
The striker was wanted by the likes of Milan, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.
“I was never afraid of losing him. The decision was mine to keep Belotti, unless someone came along ready to pay the €100m clause,” Cairo told Radio Sportiva.
“Seeing as nobody came close to it, I was relaxed. He is staying with us for this season and then we’ll see. We kept him and Adem Ljajic, Iago Falque and Daniele Baselli, Antonio Barreca, Afriyie Acquah even if he had a lot of offers, and of course Joel Obi.
“We had an incredible number of proposals come in, but we kept practically everyone and added important new players.
“With a heavy heart, we parted with Marco Benassi and Zappacosta. When it came to Zappacosta, Chelsea made an offer that was simply too good to refuse.
“As for Benassi, it was an issue of the tactical system and what was best for him. Sinisa Mihajlovic called yesterday to thank me for the transfer campaign, now it’s up to us to prove on the pitch that we can aim for Europe. We mustn’t set limits.”
This week marks the 12th anniversary of Cairo buying Torino with the club on the verge of bankruptcy.
“I looked back over my diary for 2005, from August 12 when meeting the Mayor of Turin to September 2 when we were able to announce the purchase. They were incredible days, which regularly went on until 5am.
“I’ve always been a prudent person, but for Toro I lost all sight of that. There were a few difficult years, but from 2011 we started building towards the Europa League and victory at the San Mames.
“I’m glad we helped grow so many young players who are now starring for Italy, like Belotti and Ciro Immobile.”