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Diego Costa is a surprise inclusion in Chelsea's squad.

Thibaut Courtois posts brilliant tweet as Diego Costa is named in Chelsea's squad

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It's hard to believe Diego Costa has still not moved away from Chelsea given how strained his relationship with the club has become.

The striker initially fell out with Antonio Conte way back in January amid reports he was wanted by Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian.

Conte managed to sweep the row under the carpet and the pair did go on to win the title together, with Costa top scoring with 20 goals.

As soon as that achievement was wrapped up, however, the Blues boss texted the controversial star to tell him he was no longer part of his plans.

Consequently, barely a day has gone by this summer when a rumour hasn't surfaced linking him with Atletico Madrid.

The Rojibalcos have a transfer embargo in place meaning they can't register new players until January 2018, so they would have had to take the Spanish international on loan.

When the UK transfer window closed on Thursday evening, it would still have been possible for Atleti to make their move while the Spanish market remained open.

Chelsea confirm Costa's stay

The 28-year-old will not be rejoining Diego Simeone's side in the immediate future, though - as confirmed by team-mate Thibaut Courtois.

The Chelsea goalkeeper has responded to the news that Costa will be included in the club's 25-man Premier League squad the only way he could following this summer's activities:

Unlike Gerard Pique, Courtois' 'Se Queda' refers to a player who actually is staying put.

The difficulty for Conte is that he has already brought in record signing Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid. Michy Batshuayi remains a back-up option.

Maybe it's lucky they were unable to sign Fernando Llorente on Deadline Day, with the former Juventus forward opting for Tottenham instead.

Even if Costa is officially part of Chelsea's plans for the coming season, it's still hard to envisage him having much of a future at Stamford Bridge - especially when Atleti's ban is lifted.

Should Conte try and incorporate Costa into his team? Have your say in the comments. 

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