Diego Costa confirms that Chelsea deal is imminent
Spain striker to move from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge
Diego Costa, pictured here in Spanish training with Pedro Rodriguez, has confirmed that his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid is imminent. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images
“Why did I choose to sign for Chelsea? It’s something that is about to happen,” Costa was quoted as saying in an interview with Goal.com on Monday.
“Everything is going in the right direction and if it continues the same way they will be the team I play for next season,” added the Brazil-born centre forward.
Atletico have said Chelsea will have to pay Costa’s buy-out clause of just over €40 million.
“I have always wanted to play in the Premier League,” added Costa. “(Chelsea) is one of the best teams in the world so there are a lot of reasons why I took the decision.
“Every league is different but none is easy. I will have to work hard to adapt to the Premier League style.”
Costa’s goals helped Atletico win their first La Liga title in 18 years last season and propelled them to the Champions League final, where they came within seconds of beating city rivals Real Madrid before going down 4-1 after extra time.
The 25-year-old, who netted 36 times in all competitions, would join up with Spain team-mates Fernando Torres, Cesc Fabregas and Cesar Azpilicueta at Chelsea and compete with Torres for a place in manager Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up.
Chelsea announced last week that Fabregas was leaving Barcelona to join the west London club, a return to the Premier League for the 27-year-old midfielder, who spent eight years at Arsenal.