Exiled striker Diego Costa was not included in
Chelsea’s 25-man squad for the Champions
League group phase on Monday.
Costa, 28, has been frozen out by Chelsea
manager Antonio Conte and spent the transfer
window angling for a return to former club
Atletico Madrid that never materialised.
Atletico, who were drawn in Champions League
Group C alongside Chelsea, are banned from
signing new players until January.
By not including Costa in their squad, Chelsea
have ensured he will not become cup-tied,
meaning he could play in the competition for
another team in the second part of the season.
Despite being named in Chelsea’s Premier
League squad, Costa has not played in any of
their league games to date, his place taken by
£58 million ($75.1 million, 63.1 million euros)
record signing Alvaro Morata.
Chelsea will also face Roma and Azerbaijani
newcomers Qarabag in their group.
Manchester United included Zlatan
Ibrahimovic in their squad despite his current
unavailability as he recovers from a serious
United manager Jose Mourinho has said
Ibrahimovic, 35, will not be available until next
year, but his inclusion in United’s squad will
raise fans’ hopes he could return ahead of
United open their Champions League campaign
at home to Basel next Tuesday and will also
face Benfica and CSKA Moscow in Group A.
Mourinho also found room for 21-year-old
striker James Wilson, who has not played a
competitive game for United since October
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp omitted right-
back Nathaniel Clyne from his squad.
The England international is currently sidelined
with a back injury and has been replaced in
Liverpool’s starting XI by youth product Trent
Philippe Coutinho was also included in
Liverpool’s squad after his hopes of joining
Barcelona were thwarted by the club’s refusal
to sell him.
French centre-back Eliaquim Mangala was
named in Manchester City’s squad after City
were unable to find a buyer for him in the