Atletico boss backs striker to shine at Chelsea

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes that Diego Costa will be a huge hit at Chelsea.

The Spain international completed his long-awaited £32m switch to Stamford Bridge last week after emerging as one of European football’s top goal-getters with the Rojiblancos last season.

Despite an unsuccessful World Cup, Costa is still being backed by many to be a success at Chelsea after firing Atleti to a shock La Liga title and Champions League Final appearance in 2013/14.

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Simeone – who coached him until recently – feels that the 25-year-old is at the right club for him and that he will achieve great things under Jose Mourinho:

“Diego Costa is where he wants to be and I am absolutely thrilled for him. I love Diego as a player. At Atletico Madrid, he gave us so much and I will always be grateful to those players who have given me their all.” He wrote in his guest blog for Goal.

“Diego behaved in that way the whole time he was with us, so I wish him the very best at Chelsea. I hope he has a great season. He can still get a lot better, keep growing.

“He’s at an age where he can continue to improve, so let’s hope he can develop further. He’ll have to adapt quickly to the system at Chelsea and to the coach, but let’s hope the team can take full advantage of his characteristics. I see a player very much on the way up and I’m sure he’ll be a success.”

Costa is expected to be the focal point of Chelsea’s attack next term with Mourinho having been impressed with his 35 goals in all competition for Atletico last season.