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Willian eager to play in 2016 Copa America and Olympics

Willian might need a rest at the start of next season. Credit: Reuters

Chelsea midfielder Willian wants to play in both the Copa America and the Rio Olympics this summer.

The 27-year-old, Chelsea's leading performer in a woeful season for last term's Premier League champions, hopes an agreement can be reached between the Blues and the Brazilian football federation.

"Everyone knows my desire to play in both championships," Willian told ESPN Brazil.

"But of course we do not want to fight and put Chelsea in a difficult situation, and I do not want to fight with the Brazil Football Confederation.

"I hope they and Chelsea enter into an agreement (about his release to play in the tournament)."


Man City captain excited about crunch Chelsea fixture

Manchester City captain Steph Houghton is relishing a battle with holders Chelsea for a Wembley place after the teams were drawn against each other in the SSE Women's FA Cup semi-finals.

Houghton is excited about the prospect of facing Chelsea. Credit: PA

For the second year in a row the teams will go head to head in the last four of the competition, and City will be seeking revenge at Chelsea's Wheatsheaf Park home after being defeated 1-0 by Emma Hayes' Blues 12 months ago.

The semi-finals will be played on April 17, with Arsenal having home advantage against Sunderland in the other tie. The final takes place at Wembley on May 14.

Houghton, who is preparing to skipper England in a Euro 2017 qualifier against Belgium on Friday night, said:

We know when you get to the semi-finals you can play anyone, and we always try to concentrate on ourselves.

Any game at this level will be tough and we want to be in the final. If that means having to go to Chelsea and beating them, and performing as well as we have previously against them, that'll be one we'll be up for and looking forward to.

– Man City and England captain Steph Houghton


Diego Costa avoids action over alleged gesture to Everton fans

Chelsea striker Diego Costa. Credit: PA

Chelsea's Diego Costa will not face any action following a gesture he made to Everton supporters during Saturday's FA Cup game at Goodison Park.

The Spain striker had been given until 6pm on Wednesday by the Football Association to explain the gesture towards home fans at half-time of the match, which Chelsea lost 2-0.

A charge, and a one-match ban, could have followed, but there was some welcome relief for the 27-year-old when the FA issued a statement which read: "Having considered the evidence and Diego Costa's observations in relation to a gesture the Chelsea forward made towards Everton supporters at half-time of Saturday's FA Cup sixth-round tie, the FA is satisfied no further action is required."

Costa has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to a misconduct charge for his reaction to his 84th-minute dismissal by referee Michael Oliver in the same game.

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