Wednesday, 13th August, 2014

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is of the opinion that Diego Costa is a bargain buy at €38m.

The 25-year-old, who scored 36 goals in all competitions for Atletico Madrid last term, joined the Blues on a five-year deal in July after Chelsea met his buy-out clause in Spain.

In the 2013/14 campaign, Costa helped Los Rojiblancos to win La Liga and also guided his former employers to the Champions League final, where they lost to their local rivals Real Madrid.

And Mourinho, who revealed that Chelsea’s interest in the Spain international was the reason behind the club not signing a striker in the winter transfer window, believes the Premier League as a whole will benefit from Costa’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.

The Portuguese tactician then went on to add that he considers Costa’s €38m valuation a bargain because of the forward’s qualities and inflamed marked.  


“Diego is a team player who works hard, he’s not just about goals”, said the Blues boss.

“It’s about his defensive work, mentality and ambition. This is the player we bought and we were waiting for since last season.

“This is why we didn’t buy a striker in the winter market. We were waiting for him, we have him and hopefully everything goes well.

“He looks adapted to the team, and the Premier League, not just Chelsea, should be happy. Sometimes we lose important players going to other countries and sometimes we bring new top players here.

“You can consider that [a bargain] because the market is crazy and the values are very high. For a striker like him, a champion in Spain, a Champions League finalist, a 25-year-old, we consider the price was very much in our favour.”

Costa, who is contracted with Chelsea until 2019, scored a brace in his side’s 2-0 pre-season friendly win over Real Sociedad last night.

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