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Costa’s future

Madrid: Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has made it clear Chelsea will have to pay Diego Costa’s buyout clause of just over $54.5 million if they are to secure the coveted forward’s services.

Commenting on reports in England that Brazil-born Costa, who has the same agent as Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, had passed a medical and the London club had paid the buyout fee, Cerezo suggested the deal was some way from being finalised.

Villa’s last

Madrid: David Villa says this World Cup will be his last event with the national team. “I don’t like to say it, but yes, obviously this will be my last World Cup and my last games with the selection given my age, my level of performance, and everything I have given the team. It is time.”

Fifa decision

Brussels: Romelu Lukaku’s hat-trick during Belgium’s 5-1 win over Luxembourg last week is to be wiped from official records after Fifa ruled that it was not an official international.

Good start

Calcutta: Bengal had a good opening round at the Heats on Day I of the 17th Sub-Junior & 18th Challenger Sprints National Rowing Championships, winning seven out of 11 races they rowed on Wednesday.

Chess tourney

Calcutta: Chandreyee Hazra, with six points, maintained an all-win record to take one-point lead over Shinjini Sengupta and Asmita Das.