Diego Costa has been excused from the start of pre-season at Chelsea as he attempts to complete a transfer back to Atletico Madrid.
Antonio Conte and his Premier League champions were all expected to report back for training at their Surrey training base today.
But Costa’s representatives have agreed an extension to his summer break as he tries to strike a deal to move away from Stamford Bridge.
Both clubs have yet to reach an agreement for the twenty-eight-year old Spain international, with Chelsea looking for sixty million pounds, while Atletico are only willing to pay around twenty-five million
Costa has two years left on his contract.