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Diego Costa refuses to change playing style

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Diego Costa sees no need to change the approach which drew some criticism throughout his debut season in England.

The Chelsea striker scored 20 goals as the Blues won the Premier League title, but his all-action style often provided as many talking points as his exploits in the penalty box.

He was banned for three matches for a stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can and received criticism regarding his temperament, but the Spain international sees no reason to change.

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"I don't think I have done anything malicious; I've not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am?" Costa told a number of national newspapers.

"I've always played this way for all the sides I've been with and I've always scored a lot of goals in this style.

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"The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I'm not going to be the same player.

"I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me."

Costa will have a new striker to play alongside this coming season after manager Jose Mourinho took a punt on Radamel Falcao after his difficult spell at Manchester United.

The pair have played together for Atletico Madrid in the past and Costa is looking forward to their reunion.

"I've spent a couple of seasons with Falcao and I reckon things went fairly well," he said.

"He did a lot for me and he's a great striker.

"He's a top bloke too. He gets on very well with his team-mates and he will help us a lot off the field and in the dressing room. He is a really big-hearted guy and that's the most important thing.

"I think it's good for us that he didn't have the best of seasons as that's why he's now with us. Radamel knows the sort of manager Mourinho is. He's a manager who is liked by players because he trusts and backs them. He doesn't sign a player just for the sake of it."

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