Jose Mourinho has claimed that there are no problems with Diego Costa and Chelsea, stating sarcastically that he is happy with the player’s ‘unhappiness’.
Hard to believe reports have emerged over the past week suggesting that the Spain international might be ready to return to Atletico Madrid after just one season in the Premier League, as he’s not content with his new life in England.
However Mourinho has moved to quickly play the reality of such rumours down, even describing Costa as the reason behind all the happiness in the Blues’ dressing room. As relayed by the Daily Mail, The Special One has no qualms about the future of his star striker.
"I’m happy he’s unhappy because his unhappiness destroys my dressing room," said Mourinho after Chelsea’s win against Sydney today.
"He is the guy responsible for every single good moment in the dressing room.
"He is so happy, he is so funny and he is enjoying every minute at Chelsea and people are enjoying every single minute of him.
"So if this is unhappiness I am happy with that. But he was not happy with that news.
"In his bad English I think he has to try to express how unhappy he is with this news and how happy he is at Chelsea."
The clarification probably won’t tell Chelsea fans anything they weren’t already assuming, but all the same it will be good to have validation that Costa isn’t about to go anywhere.
The 27-year-old finished the campaign as Mourinho’s most prolific Premier League scorer, netting 20 goals in total, and any fears over him needing time to adjust to the England game have been soundly put to bed as a result.
A direct consequence is that Costa is already one of Mourinho’s most important players, and the newly-crowned Premier League champions are going to need him if they’re to successfully defend their crown next year and make further headway in the Champions League.
With Didier Drogba confirmed to be departing the west London giants for a second time in his career and Loic Remy not having been fancied to lead the line this year, there can be no doubting who will be Chelsea’s go-to-guy for the 2015/16 campaign.
Costa might have tailed off towards the end of his debut season, and wasn’t at the races in Europe, but he remains one of the most feared strikers in Europe on his day.
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That said there’s plenty of people who would have doubted the idea of him returning to Diego Simeone’s setup anyway, even if the evidence is purely based around the financial power Atletico boast.
Not only did they fail to come close to retaining their La Liga title this term just gone, but they can’t compete with Europe’s biggest clubs in the market, and that alone means Costa isn’t likely to return there whilst he remains in his peak.
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