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Chelsea players to return for pre-season on Monday

Diego Costa is set to be part of the Chelsea squad that returns for pre-season training. Diego Costa is expected to be among the Chelsea first-team squad as they report back for pre-season training on Monday. The striker revealed in June that Antonio Conte had told him that he did not feature in his plans for the forthcoming campaign, despite netting 20 goals last season as Chelsea won the Premier League. Costa is yet to secure a move away from Stamford Bridge and is set to return to their Cobham training base even with the uncertainty surrounding his future. Sky sport news hq understands Atletico Madrid are interested in resigning Costa and are expected to make an offer for the 28-year-old. Costa scored 20 goals last season as Antonio Conte won the Premier League title in his debut campaign Atletico are currently under a transfer embargo and would be unable to register Costa as their player until January. But with Chelsea set to miss out on the signing of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, Conte may be forced to find a way to reintegrate Costa into his squad with Michy Batshuayi the only other senior forward.  New signing Antonio Rudiger will not be part of the squad having been afforded additional holiday after competing for Germany at the Confederations Cup.  The defender joined Chelsea from Roma on a five-year deal on Sunday, in a deal which could rise to £34m

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