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Friday, 14 July 2017

Matic skips pre-season ahead of Chelsea exit

   Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic will not be part of Chelsea's pre-season tour of Asia as they try to complete transfers out of Stamford Bridge. Costa did not report back for pre-season training this week having secured permission to extend his absence as talks continued over his proposed return to Atletico Madrid, reports Daily Mail.

  Matic has been at the Chelsea training ground but has mostly trained alone and has not been involved in Antonio Conte's team sessions. Juventus, who tried to sign the Serbia midfielder last year, have revived their interest and manager Conte would prefer to see him sold to Italy than to Manchester United who are also interested.

  Matic had been very keen on a move to Old Trafford but relations between the Premier League rivals has cooled since United hijacked Chelsea's deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

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