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Be afraid, Premier League defenders: Diego Costa completes Chelsea move

Jose Mourinho has added the physical Spain striker to his ranks, the club announced today.

Costa arrives in England with a big reputation.
Costa arrives in England with a big reputation.
Image: Adam Davy

CHELSEA HAVE ANNOUNCED the signing of striker Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid on a five-year deal this evening.

The 25-year-old Brazilian-born centre forward had been expected to make the move to the Blues this summer after leading Atleti to their first La Liga title in 18 years and a Champions League final with his 35 goals for the club.

Costa, who made his debut for Spain earlier this year after switching international allegiance, was part of Vicente Del Bosque’s squad for the World Cup but performed poorly as the reigning champions crashed out at the group stages.

He arrives for a fee reportedly in the region of €40m.

“I am very happy to sign for Chelsea,” Costa told Chelsea’s website. “Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates.

“Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.

“I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea.’

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