Diego Costa: Chelsea are one of the greatest clubs in the world

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Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has paved the way for a move to Chelsea this summer with his admiration of the club he calls one of the greatest in the world.

The 25-year-old Brazilian-born Spain international is widely expected to join Chelsea as soon as the transfer window opens on July 1st and following the insistence from Blues boss Jose Mourinho this week that the Atletico Madrid hit man would be on his way to Stamford Bridge, Diego Costa echoed the Portuguese coach’s statement.

The deal is expected to cost in the region of £32-35 million after Chelsea agreed to meet the striker’s release clause and the Champions League finalist this term certainly seems excited to be on the move.

"Why would I have chosen to play for Chelsea? It is a thing that is about to happen," Costa stated.

"Things are going in a direction and, if they keep going as they are going, it is the team I will play for in the next season.”

"I've wanted to play in the Premier League for a while. Chelsea are one of the greatest clubs of the world so there are many factors that make you take a decision like this," he added.

Costa is currently away on international duty at the World Cup in his native Brazil but he has controversially chosen to represent Spain at the tournament since announcing he would not play for Brazil in October last year, much to the dismay of the Brazil national coach and former Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari who accused Costa of turning his back on his national team.

His tournament couldn’t have gotten off to a worse start after Spain suffered the worst defeat a defending World Cup champions has ever suffered in the history of the competition via their 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands last week – a game throughout which Costa was jeered and booed by the host-nation’s fan base at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador.

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