Douglas Costa has confirmed he held talks with Chelsea regarding a proposed transfer to Stamford Bridge during the winter window, and has expressed a desire to work under the club’s manager Jose Mourinho.
Costa has long been linked with a move to Chelsea and had appeared likely to finally move to west London from Shakhtar Donetsk during the recently concluded transfer period.
The 24-year-old Brazilian has now revealed that Chelsea did indeed move to recruit him although, it has been claimed, that a deal did not transpire due to Shakhtar’s supposedly unrealistic valuation of £22 million.
It would seem, however, that Costa has not abandoned hope of becoming a Chelsea player in the future given that he is a great admirer of Mourinho.
"Yes, I had a contact [with Chelsea] and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho always motivates a player," he said, as reported by Goal.
"I am very grateful for the kindness he showed with me.
"He is a very smart coach and who won [titles] wherever he has gone."
Costa, though, would be best advised to forget about joining Chelsea given that they instead moved to sign Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina to provide an extra dimension to their attacking play.
There would simply be no need for Chelsea to now pursue Costa given the options already available to Mourinho, with the Brazilian unlikely to displace any of the favoured front line of the Portuguese manager.
Costa is a very talented player, of that there is no doubt, but it would be difficult to fathom Chelsea moving to sign him now that Cuadrado has arrived, and particularly given that Andre Schurrle was so clinically discarded.