Spain international Diego Costa faces could pay as much as £300k to Chelsea as fine after going missing for start of Blues season, according to reports.

The Chelsea striker was due to report for training two weeks ago but he has been pictured partying in Brazil instead of returning to the club’s Cobham HQ and working on his fitness.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has made it clear Costa is not part of his plans and would be training away from the first team. But Costa was still due to return and keep himself in shape for a potential move.

He now could be fined by the club two weeks wages with his current earnings £150,000 a week. His situation has been complicated by his dream move back to Atletico Madrid being put on hold as they have a transfer embargo until January.

Conte sent a text to Costa in the summer telling him he was axed – but has insisted that the decision was made in January.

Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in a shock defeat to begin their title defence.

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