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Conte Banishes Costa From Chelsea’s Training Ground

Diego Costa will not play for Antonio Conte at Chelsea again and has even been barred from joining the first-team group for training.

As the champions confirmed the signing of Alvaro Morata on a five-year deal, boss Conte also revealed that his decision to axe Costa from his future plans was made in January.

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He is not on the pre-season tour of China and Singapore, having been allowed to extend his summer break in the hope a transfer deal can be struck.

A return to Atletico is the only option but the two clubs have been wrangling over the fee and the details of how and when payments would be made because the Spanish club are serving a transfer ban until the end of the year.

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