Diego Costa will not make the trip with Chelsea during the pre-season tour, because he has to wait for Atletico Madrid to complete his transfer most likely before the end of this month. The Brazilian-born Spanish forward will head back to his former club – Atletico Madrid after Antonio Conte told him that his services are no longer needed. Costa was Chelsea’s highest goal scorer last season with 22 goals and 7 assists in 42 appearances.
Even with the current arrangement, Costa will not play about half of the season until Atletico’s transfer ban is lifted in January. However, there could be possibility of him being loaned out to another club until January or he could continue training with his current club until then as many reports suggested.