Wantaway striker Costa named in Chelsea's Premier League squad

Chelsea have named Diego Costa in their Premier League squad despite the striker trying to force through a move to former club Atletico Madrid.

Costa has not reported for training at all in the new league campaign, with the relationship between the Brazil-born Spain international and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte having broken down.

The striker fell out with the Italian over a proposed move to Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian in January and was subsequently left out of the squad for a top-flight game against Leicester City.

Conte successfully reintegrated Costa, who helped fire Chelsea to the Premier League title, only for the 28-year-old to effectively go on strike following the end of the season after claiming he received a text message from Conte suggesting he was no longer needed.

Costa has been vocal about his desire to return to Atletico, but with his former club under a transfer ban until January, a return to LaLiga appears to have been blocked.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman also spoke about wanting to bring the temperamental striker to Goodison Park, but the British transfer window closed on Thursday with Costa still at Chelsea.

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