Diego Costa left out of Chelsea Champions League squad

Monday 4th September , 2017 2:10 pm

Diego Costa has not been included in Chelsea’s squad for the Champions League group stages.

The striker has been in a stand-off with Chelsea throughout the summer, having claimed Antonio Conte told him he is not part of his plans at Stamford Bridge and refusing to return from his native Brazil to resume training at the club.

 Costa failed to secure a move away from Chelsea before last week’s transfer deadline passed, but the forward is not in the Blues’ 25-player selection allowance.
The 32-year-old has openly expressed his desire to return to former club Atletico Madrid, but the Spanish club only offered half of the £50m Chelsea asked for to allow him to leave.
See Costa in action as he plays a game of five-a-side with his friends in Brazil
See Costa in action as he plays a game of five-a-side with his friends in Brazil

Atletico are banned from registering new players before January and were reluctant to pay Costa’s £150,000 a week wages before he can play for them.

New £70m striker Alvaro Morata is included in Chelsea’s Champions League squad, alongside summer signings Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger, Willy Caballero and Tiemoue Bakayoko.

Full Chelsea squad:

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Willy Caballero, Eduardo

Defenders: Davide Zappacosta, Victor Moses, Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Jake Clarke-Salter, Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, Gary Cahill, Marcos Alonso, Kenedy.

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante, Kyle Scott, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater. Charly Musonda, Pedro, Willian, Eden Hazard.

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata

Source: Sky Sports