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Key reason for why Diego Costa was omitted from Chelsea’s Champions League squad

The 28-year-old has not returned to London to join the Blues

Diego Costa’s Chelsea exile is continuing to drag on past the closing of the transfer window after the striker failed to get his move back to Atletico Madrid.

The 28-year-old wants to be released by the Blues, however the club are unwilling to let him go for less than their perceived value, hence why the Spain international was not named in Chelsea’s Champions League squad.

Atletico and Chelsea are both in Group C, however if Costa featured in any of the Champions League group games he would be cup-tied should he make the move to the La Liga side.

If Costa was to play at all for Chelsea in the Champions League, even for a second, then his value would be seriously devalued as he wouldn’t be able to play in the knockout stages for Madrid.

Costa was named in the Premier League squad for the first half of the season, however it is highly unlikely that the striker will feature for the Blues again while Antonio Conte is still in charge.

The Blues are urging Costa to return to England and to training so that he can fight for a first team place, while Eden Hazard expressed his disappointment over the exile.

“Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we have won everything together except for the Champions League,” he told Marca.

“It’s a pleasure to play with him, he’s a top player and a top person. I would like to see him come back, but I don’t make the decisions.

“I hope he can find a solution so that we can see him back on the pitch soon.”

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