Tuesday 15 July 2014
Diego Costa has praised the quality of the Chelsea squad after completing his transfer from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge.
The 25-year-old forward has signed a five-year contract with the Blues and will join up with his new team-mates at the club's pre-season European training camp next week.
"I am very happy to sign for Chelsea," Costa told www.chelseafc.com. "Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league, and I am very excited to get started in England with a fantastic coach and team-mates. Having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining.
"Everybody knows it is a big club in a very competitive league"
"I would like to thank everybody at Atletico who made me into the player I am, it was an incredible time for me, but now I am starting a new adventure and I hope to win many trophies with Chelsea."
Costa began his career at Braga and joined Atletico during the 2006/07 campaign. Loans at Braga, Celta Vigo and Albecete followed before he signed for Real Valladolid in 2009.
Following the club's relegation from La Liga in 2010, Costa returned to Atletico and after recovering from an injury that ruled him out of the first half of the 2011/12 season, he established himself as a first-team regular in the 2012/13 campaign.
He played a key role as Atletico won the Copa del Rey that season, scoring eight goals in total including one in the final as Diego Simeone's side fought back to defeat Real Madrid 2-1.
Costa continued to shine last season, scoring 27 goals in 35 matches as Atletico won La Liga title for the first time since 1996. His goals also helped Atletico reach the UEFA Champions League final.
Costa, scored an impressive 64 goals in 134 appearances for Atletico, was also named in Spain's squad for this summer's FIFA World Cup.
He is Chelsea's second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona. Chelsea begin their pre-season campaign in Austria next week, for their full friendly fixture list, click here >>.
Jose Mourinho's side begin their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign with a trip to newly promoted Burnley on Monday, 18 August.