Chelsea striker Diego Costa has said that he will not change his physical approach to the game and is ready to battle Premier League defenders in the new 2015-16 season.
The Spain international moved to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Madrid last summer and hit 20 goals in the Blues’ title success.
The Brazilian-born centre forward was embroiled in a number of controversial moments in his debut campaign in English football, with his full-blooded approach inciting opposition players and fans.
Despite not being the most popular player, Costa has stated that he will not change his physical approach next season and is ready to hit plenty more goals for Jose Mourinho’s men.
“I don’t think I have done anything malicious; I’ve not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am?” Costa is quoted as saying by The Guardian.
“I’ve always played this way for all the sides I’ve been with and I’ve always scored a lot of goals in this style.
“The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I’m not going to be the same player.
“I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me.”
Chelsea struggled in attack before Costa arrived, with Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o not delivering in the 2013-14 campaign.
The Blues are favourites to retain their Premier League title next season.