Chelsea morning news: Cole's World Cup snub, Atletico line up Costa replacement

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A round up of news stories this morning about Chelsea.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole has announced his retirement from international football.

The veteran defender was told last night that he wouldn’t be going to the World Cup this summer by England manager Roy Hodgson.

“I got the call from Roy and agree England team should be about the young players. I think it best I retire from England team now,” said Cole on Twitter.

The Daily Star has reported that Atletico Madrid are reportedly lining up Carlos Bacca as a replacement for Diego Costa.

Costa has been strongly tipped to make the move to Stamford Bridge with the Blues reportedly keen to get a deal done before the World Cup.

Sevilla front man Bacca could jump at the chance to join Atletico, especially if they win a La Liga and Champions League double.

The Daily Mail has reported that talks over a deal for Costa are already underway.

There have been various reports from the past couple of weeks, which have suggested that the Spanish international had already agreed a deal to move to the club.

Any transfer is likely to cost Chelsea well in excess of the £30 million mark in terms of a transfer fee and personal package.

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