Chelsea striker Diego Costa has rubbished reports in the English press that he's unhappy at Stamford Bridge after insisting that he loves the club and has no plans to leave in the summer.
The £32 million signing from Atletico Madrid endured a stop-start debut campaign in the Premier League after suffering a series of hamstring injuries that have prevented him from hitting top form in west London.
Having said that, the 26-year-old still contributed a mightily impressive 20 top-flight goals in 2014/15, and although Costa admits to growing a little frustrated whilst on the sidelines he is focused on coming back fully fit and firing on all cylinders for Jose Mourinho's side next term.
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Speaking to the Blues' in-house TV channel Chelsea TV after the recent 1-0 victory over Sydney FC in Australia, the Spain international said it was nice to finally get back out on the pitch during these end-of-season friendlies after missing the Premier League run-in.
"I was glad to play," he reflected after a 40-minute cameo at the ANZ Stadium. "I’ve been injured for a while, it’s important to play and I was really glad to get a game in before finishing for the season.
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"It’s an amazing experience, two different cultures, firstly in Thailand and here in Australia. I have memories from this tour I will take with me for the rest of my life."
After securing the Capital One Cup in February and adding the domestic league title for the first time in five years in May, Chelsea jetted out to Asia to play in a showpiece friendly before heading to Australia for the final leg of their post-season tour.
The players are now preparing to fly back to England before heading off on their summer holidays, and it's an appropriate time for Costa to begin looking back on everything the team has achieved over the past 12 months.
"It’s really good to come in the first season and win two things," he explained. "It’s really important and next year I’ll be ready to come back and hopefully win a couple more trophies."
As for the rumours of his alleged unrest, the Brazilian-born marksman was pretty emphatic with his response: "[It is] quite a simple answer. It’s always a bit more difficult in the first season for adaptation, but I have no reason to leave this place, I love it, the fans love me and I want to stay."
Chelsea fans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief and go away safe in the knowledge that their £180,000-a-week star will be reporting back in pre-season, ready to begin the defence of Chelsea's Premier League title in August.
Mourinho will no doubt be looking to add a couple more new faces to further strengthen his senior squad, which is a frightening thought for their domestic rivals when you consider how far ahead the Blues finished at the top of the table this season.
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