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Could Spain’s all-time top scorer help Chelsea sign £32m target?

Atletico Madrid’s David Villa reminded boss Diego Simeone that he still has it following his recent goal scoring exploits.

Chelsea target Diego Costa hasn’t been his prolific self since the turn of the year, netting just four goals in 16 appearances in all competitions.

There appears to be no apparent reason for Diego Costa’s lack of form in 2014, and it could be a timely reminder to Diego Simeone that his star striker is slowly returning to his more natural form following his early season antics.

As a result of his disciplinary record, the 25-year-old was forced to miss out on Atletico Madrid’s trip to Celta Vigo with suspension. Fortunately for the Rojiblancos, his admission was barely noticeable as David Villa produced the goods.

The 32-year-old - nicknamed ‘El Guaje’ meaning ‘The Kid’ - has been an influential signing for Atletico Madrid this season following his bargain €5m move from Barcelona. He has found the net five times over the past 10 games, despite carrying a hamstring problem.

In Diego Costa’s absence, he was asked to lead the line in his more customary number 9 role and showed exactly why he should be playing there more often. His movement was excellent, he made two key passes, clinically netted both of his side’s goals and defended well from the front – recording two turnovers.

His performance and the way he linked up well with Diego and Koke will give Diego Simeone food for thought – especially as Diego Costa has only netted three goals in his last 11 appearances on the road.

David Villa has always been a fabulous goalscorer that has excelled when playing down the middle. If he continues his impressive form, perhaps Diego Simeone may not feel too dependent on Chelsea’s £32m reported target Diego Costa – a situation which will no doubt delight boss Jose Mourinho.

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