Diego Costa, 26, made the move to Chelsea in the summer for £32million just days after experiencing the Champions League final and La Liga glory with former club Atletico Madrid.
Since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, he has scored nine goals in seven Premier League games and despite missing the last three through injury he still tops the Premier League top goalscorer charts with another former Atletico Madrid striker in Sergio Aguero.
Despite the success Atletico had last season under Diego Simeone, the Spanish international insisted he couldn’t turn down the approach by Chelsea and gave his reasons why, even including the ‘fame’ of the club being a factor in his decision.
‘’I was extremely happy at Atletico and the last year when we achieved so much was the best year of my career as a footballer,’’ Costa told Champions League Magazine.
‘’However, you always try to improve your life. The opportunity to join this tremendously important club came and while Atleti is a great team, this was a different league, one I’d always wanted to try.
‘’People always used to say that my game would fit the Premier League perfectly and so the opportunity to sign for an extremely famous club like Chelsea made me super-excited.
‘’I have to keep on working hard. I still have many years ahead of me in my career so I hope I will be able to play in another Champions League final – to have another opportunity to win this competition.’’
The 26-year-old’s comments are not too different from the usual stuff overseas players mention when moving to England, however, the part regarding the fame of the club making him super-excited for the move is a huge compliment to the hard-work done by Roman Abramovich during his reign as the Blues supremo.
Before the arrival of the Russian, Chelsea were considered a relatively large club in England but not on the same scale as you would associate Manchester United or Arsenal. Nevertheless, Costa’s comments really show how much Chelsea have grown in the past decade and what stature supporters of the Premier League outside of England hold them in.
Costa, who is currently struggling to shake off hamstring problem, will be looking to build on his impressive start to this season as soon as possible and will no doubt be eager to get back; fit and playing in the Chelsea starting XI.