Eden Hazard desperate for Diego Costa return


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Eden Hazard is desperate for Diego Costa to end his self-imposed exile and return to the Chelsea fold.

Spain international Costa has not featured for the Blues since last season after he failed to return to pre-season training in July, having reportedly been told he was surplus to requirements by boss Antonio Conte.

The 28-year-old, who netted 20 goals in 35 Premier League appearances as Chelsea claimed the title last season, is believed to be keen on a return to former side Atletico Madrid although the two clubs were unable to successfully negotiate the transfer during the summer.

Costa, who was left out of Chelsea’s Champions League squad earlier this week, is likely to have to wait until January for his future to be resolved, but team-mate Hazard is desperate for the forward to return to Stamford Bridge.

“Diego and I have been playing together for three years, we have won everything together except for the Champions League,” Hazard told Marca.

“It’s a pleasure to play with him, he’s a top player and a top person. I would like to see him come back, but I don’t make the decisions.

“I hope he can find a solution so that we can see him back on the pitch soon.”

Costa’s last Chelsea appearance came during their FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal in May, a match he scored in, and that clash is looking increasingly likely to be his last appearance in the west London club’s colours.

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