Jose Mourinho speaks out on Diego Costa, quizzed on transfer

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has spoken out about Diego Costa for the first time since the season ended.

There is little mystery surrounding Diego Costa's impending transfer to Chelsea, but Jose Mourinho is not giving the game away just yet.

The Chelsea boss stopped short of stating the Spanish international would be a Chelsea player next season, playing dumb when asked about the possibility.

He did however indicate he hopes the forward returns healthy from the World Cup, with it looking at this point like the Blues may have to wait until after the tournament to formally announce the signing.

Mourinho told Yahoo Sports on Tuesday: "I hope you have a World Cup without setbacks, a great holiday and I hope the next is a great season for him.

"I don’t know where but I hope he can have a fantastic season next season."

Costa insisted earlier in the week that 'it looks like', he will be Chelsea bound next season. However, could there be a late twist?

With both Mourinho and Costa stopping short of stating a deal is done, despite reports the player has passed a medical, there could be something in the Special One's comment about hoping there are no setbacks.

It's likely Chelsea have a get-out, in case the striker gets injured at the World Cup.

This would allow them to re-assess, and pull the plug with no financial loss incurred.

Clearly all at the club and player himself will hope there is no such turn of events like this, but it's a practical way for Chelsea to look after their own interests and potential investment, and would explain the lack of a formal announcement so far.

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