Diego Costa attends Atletico Madrid training session

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa was pictured dropping in on his former club on Friday after taking the opportunity of a few days off to visit his old friends at Atletico Madrid.

The Spain international, who swapped the Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge in a £32 million deal last summer, was captured chatting with some of his ex-teammates ahead of a rare weekend without a game for the Blues.

Costa looked relaxed in his casual clothes while the Atleti players trained ahead of Sunday's La Liga clash with Valencia, as Diego Simeone's side look to ascertain three points and nail down third place in the table.

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The 26-year-old, meanwhile, won't be in action again until March 15, when Jose Mourinho's side welcome Southampton to west London in the Premier League before hosting Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their last-16 clash.

Costa will make the most of his few days off after a busy week in the football calendar which saw Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup trophy at Wembley after a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

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A few days later the Blues were back in action again, this time beating West Ham United 1-0 at Upton Park to maintain their five-point lead - and one game advantage - over reigning champions Manchester City at the summit.

It's unlikely that Mourinho will want his players to report back for training until Monday at the earliest, so Costa could well have the chance to take in Los Rojiblancos Primera División meeting in person from the stands tomorrow night.

Chelsea fans: Do you think Jose Mourinho's players will benefit from a few days off, or should they be made to maintain a strict training regime even when they don't have a game at the weekend? Share your thoughts below...

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