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Chelsea captain John Terry applauds arrival of Diego Costa

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Chelsea captain John Terry has welcomed the arrival of £32 million Spanish international Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge and believes the former Atletico Madrid star will make a big impact in the Premier League according to the Evening Express.

Costa impressed last season

The Brazilian-born Costa, who now represents the Spanish national side, has joined Jose Mourinho's Chelsea following an impressive campaign last season which saw the striker play a crucial role for Diego Simeone's team.

Costa scored 35 goals in all competitions last season as Atletico enjoyed one of their most successful seasons with a first La Liga title in almost 20 years.

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The Madrid based outfit also reached the semi-finals of the Spanish Cup and the finals of the UEFA Champions League eventually losing to bitter rivals Real Madrid.

First hand experience

Terry, entering his 19th-year with Chelsea, has first hand experience when it comes to dealing with the 25-year old striker and is relishing the prospect of having him in a blue shirt this season.

"First of all, his movement and his strength are really good - I was really surprised by it," Terry, who is now in his 20th season at Stamford Bridge, told chelseafc.com.

"I think everyone remembers the square-up we had in the first 10 minutes of the first leg of our semi-final game against Atletico Madrid last season, after which I thought 'fair play'.

"He holds the ball up very well, he has got great movement and he is really physical, but he is very clever with his strength and the way he uses his body. I think he could be a very good signing for us."

Atletico connection

The London based side will be making a fresh assault on the Premier League and Europe this season with no less than 4 players that were part of Diego Simeone's squad last season.

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returns following his three-season loan spell and Costa is about to be joined by the £21 million Filipe Luis, while midfielder Tiago could return to Stamford Bridge.

More signings

Jose Mourinho is building a formidable squad ahead of the new season having already secured former Arsenal midfield maestro Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, and if rumours are to be believed, the former Real Madrid manager is trying to hijack his former player Sami Khedira from under the nose of London rivals Arsenal.

Costa a proven goalscorer

Further speculation suggests that the Chelsea boss is looking to bring in another top name striker alongside Costa, with PSG's Edinson Cavani top of the his list following reports that the Uruguayan international is frustrated at playing second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, however at £60 million it remains to be seen if the player will be Chelsea bound or not.

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