Diego Costa ‘back in London’ to force Atletico Madrid move

Diego Costa has arrived back in London as he bids to end his Chelsea exile and seal a return to his former side Atletico Madrid, according to Marca.

The striker has spent the summer in his hometown of Lagarto in Brazil, refusing to report to Chelsea training after being informed by Antonio Conte via text message that he is no longer part of his plans.

But Marca now report the stand-off has come to an end and that Costa has returned to London after three months in Brazil.

The Spain international is hoping to begin negotiations with Chelsea’s hierarchy and force through a move to Atletico in January.

The clubs were locked in talks during the closing stages of the summer window but failed to reach an agreement – Atletico are under a transfer embargo until January.

Atletico encouraged Costa to make his peace with Chelsea and help get a January transfer over the line. He is valued by the Premier League champions at £50million.

Costa also understands that he needs to get back to full fitness following a summer without a supervised training plan and Atletico want him match-fit in time for the next round of international fixtures in October.

The striker was left out of Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions League group stages but was included in the Blues’ Premier League squad.

His inclusion in the Premier League squad was likely due in part to a Chelsea squad which are thin on numbers – there are only 21 registered senior professionals.

Costa alleged in an interview with Sportsmail last month that Chelsea had treated him ‘like a criminal’ and that he would be forced to train with the reserves if he returned.

But it now appears he has relaxed his position as he bids to return to Atletico – who he left to join Chelsea in the summer of 2014.

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The Daily Telegraph are reporting that Tottenham do have the option to extend defender Toby Alderweireld’s contract for a further twelve months, but it would also trigger a £25million release clause.

The Belgian international’s contract currently runs until 2019, but negotiations in recent months over a new deal have reportedly broken down. Both Chelsea and Manchester City are believed to be monitoring the player’s situation at Spurs.

The 28 year old’s agent Stijn Francis spoke out to the Belgian media a few days ago, hitting out at Spurs’s reluctance to offer a deal to the defender that reflects his contribution to the team.

The centre back is said to be on just £50,000 a week and with just two years left on his contract, Tottenham may have to consider selling the player next summer, or at least trigger their option to extend his contract by a further year so they can be guaranteed of some kind of transfer fee, even if it is just £25m

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