PICTURE: Redknapp - Chelsea new-boy is just like a bond villain!

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Sky Sports pundit has likened Chelsea striker Diego Costa to James Bond's nemesis.

Meet Diego Costa - a hitman renowned for possessing a thunderball of a shot within 18 yards but, after recent revelations, there may be even more to this Chelsea recruit than already meets the eye as Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has likened the star striker to a villain from the James Bond franchise.

"Jose Mourinho made excuses last year over referees and [lack of a] striker," said Redknapp. "This year, there can be no excuses as he's got all the players he wanted.

"Costa is brilliant signing, he looks like a Bond villain, he's aggressive, he wins fouls, penalties and he'll probably get sent off - but that's the type of player he is. He is a typical Chelsea style centre forward."

Redknapp also insinuated that Mourinho puts the 'M' in club management.

The first problem the Portuguese coach has been tasked with handling is the potentially explosive situation over whom he starts to guard the goal on Monday evening, with Thibaut Courtois and Petr Cech both vying for the number one spot in Chelsea's line-up against Burnley at Turf Moor.

"I think Courtois is the future," said Redknapp. "If Jose is now talking about the club going forward, he'll probably turn to Courtois. 

"It's a difficult conundrum for Mourinho as Cech has had so much success. Whoever plays Monday night, the other won't be happy and could leave. Either on loan for Courtois, or sale for Cech. It's difficult for Mourinho but that's what he's paid to do, for decisions like that."

Regardless of team selection dilemmas, what Chelsea fans will be most hopeful for is that Costa is granted a license to thrill.

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