Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa confirmed he will be a Chelsea player next season following Spain's humiliating 2-0 defeat to Chile on Wednesday night. The 25-year-old, who failed to make an impact at the showpiece international tournament in his native Brazil, told reporters that he is destined for Stamford Bridge after the Blues' triggered his £32 million release clause.
"It is clear that my future at Chelsea is more than Atletico Madrid," Costa revealed at the Maracana, according to Mundo Deportivo. "Atletico has been my home, my life and I have a lot of affection for the club, but there are things in life that happen and you have to accept them."
Does Costa still want to join Chelsea?
Reports emerged last month claiming Costa had regrets over signing a pre-contract agreement with Chelsea. Atletico Madrid's CEO Gil Marin offered the Brazil-born Spain international a pay rise to stay at the Vicente Calderon and help Atletico build on last season's remarkable success, but breaking the deal with the Blues would have resulted in Costa needing to pay a hefty penalty fee.
The last sentence of Costa's quotes from the Maracana suggests he still might have doubts over the move to west London. "There are things in life that happen and you have to accept them," sounds more like the words of a man condemned rather than excited ahead of the next chapter in his career.
Perhaps Costa has doubts over his own ability to shine in the Premier League. Yes he scored a hugely-impressive 36 goals in 52 appearances for last season's Champions League finalists, but the majority of his La Liga campaigns prior to that had been distinctly average. The striker netted 20 goals in 44 games during the 2012-13 campaign, but only 10 of those came in the Spanish top flight.
Chelsea fans, then, have good reason to fear Costa may be little more than a one-season wonder. Furthermore, Chelsea play a slightly different style of football to the all-action Atletico, where Costa looked truly at home for the first time in his career last season. We've all witnessed his struggles to adapt with the Spanish national team over the past week - and it's not beyond the realms of possibility that his troubles will continue into next season at Stamford Bridge.
Jose Mourinho clearly believes differently, otherwise he wouldn't have given the green light for Chelsea to fork out £32 million. But it's no secret that the Portuguese coach was desperate for a goalscorer - and there aren't too many available strikers who guarantee goals on the market at present.
Has the Special One made a big mistake? Will even the Chelsea boss be having doubts over the Costa transfer right now? Have your say in the comments section below.
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