Hotshot Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has revealed that he turned down the chance to move to Chelsea in favour of a switch to the German powerhouses.
The Brazil international moved to the Bundesliga champions over the summer from Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk and has been a revelation this term.
Costa has deputised for injuries to Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, with the South American a virtual ever present in the Bavarian outfit’s starting XI.
The sprightly attacker has revealed that he was wanted in West London, but preferred a switch to Bayern in order to work with manager Pep Guardiola.
“Chelsea also wanted to sign me. They were seriously interested and made great efforts,” Costa is quoted as saying by Goal.
“But I really only wanted to work with Guardiola and join Bayern.
“I made a conscious decision to join Bayern because of the presence of Guardiola. I was convinced that I would learn more at Bayern under Guardiola.”
Chelsea have struggled this term to find the same form as last season, with the Premier League champions losing seven Premier League games so far in 2015-16.
Costa plays as a left winger, the same as Eden Hazard, and as such it is interesting to think just what role he would have had if he chose to move to the London club.