Wantaway striker Diego Costa has been named in Chelsea’s 25-man Premier League squad having failed to secure a return to Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international has been AWOL after being deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, while his relationship with the club and manager Antonio Conte has grown increasingly toxic.

Costa has been in his native Brazil for nearly seven weeks in an attempt to force through a return to Atletico, from whom he joined from in 2014, and he recently said he thought it was “disrespectful” that Chelsea boss had texted him to inform him that he was no longer wanted. 

Last week, the 28-year-old also accused the club of treating him “like a criminal”.

Chelsea and Atletico were expected to hold further discussions on Friday in a bid to resolve the striker’s future before the Spanish transfer deadline.

But a return to Spain has been made increasingly complicated by the transfer ban handed down to Atletico by world governing body Fifa, which prevents the Liga side from registering new players before January 2018.

Such sanctions are as such that, even if the clubs agreed on a deal – expected to be worth in excess of £41million – Costa would be unavailable to Atletico for the remainder of the calendar year.

With no such agreement in sight, the Premier League has since confirmed that Costa has been included in Chelsea’s 25-man squad, with the transfer window set to close in Spain at midnight.

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One play who has made the move to Spain, however, is forward Loic Remy.

The Frenchman has endured a torrid time with the Blues since arriving from QPR in 2014.

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The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, but injury restricted him to just five appearances for the Eagles.

Chelsea confirmed on Friday that Remy had joined Las Palmas on a permanent transfer.

Source: https://www.standard.co.uk/sport/football/diego-costa-named-in-chelsea-s-25man-premier-league-squad-as-loic-remy-moves-to-las-palmas-a3625406.html