Hazard hopes to see Diego Costa back on pitch soon

Antonio Conte could leave Eden Hazard out of his team to face Leicester

In fact, Chelsea are reportedly trying to include Antoine Griezmann in any potential negotiation that would send Costa back to Spain.

The Spanish side debated signing Costa during the summer but opted to wait as they can not register any new players until January.

Costa exiled himself from Chelsea's Cobham training base after he received a text message from Conte informing him that he would not be part of the Italian's plans moving into the new campaign.

It seems as if there is no way back for Costa at Stamford Bridge and he is expected to secure a return to Atleti when the winter transfer window opens.

"But the only thing I can tell you [is that] in January, the Costa situation was very clear, for the club for him and his agent".

Diego Costa has not returned to London to hold vital talks with Chelsea over his ongoing self-imposed strike, according to sources close to the club. "For me the situation is closed".

Should Costa join Atletico in January, he will not be cup-tied and he'll be able to play in the competition.

Chelsea and Atletico failed to agree a deal to send him back to Madrid before the Spanish transfer deadline on Friday.



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