Tuesday 16 January 2018

Costa receives Terry support after Spaniard completes his Chelsea move

Diego Costa has completed his move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images
Diego Costa has completed his move from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea. Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Matt McGeehan

Chelsea captain John Terry has predicted big things from rival-turned-team-mate Diego Costa after the Spain striker's move to Stamford Bridge was completed.

The Blues yesterday announced that Brazilian left-back Felipe Luis is set to move from Atletico Madrid following Costa, whose £32m switch was sealed on Tuesday.

Brazil-born striker Costa impressed in helping Atletico to a first Primera Division title in 18 years last season and guided them to the Champions League final, beating Chelsea in the semi-finals.

Terry saw Costa, whose World Cup performances were hampered by a hamstring injury as Spain exited in the group stages, in close quarters and was impressed.

"First of all, his movement and his strength are really good – I was really surprised by it," Terry, who is now in his 20th season at Stamford Bridge, said.

"I think everyone remembers the square-up we had in the first 10 minutes of our semi-final game against Atletico Madrid last season, after which I thought 'fair play'.

"He holds the ball up very well, he has got great movement and he is really physical, but he is very clever with his strength and the way he uses his body. I think he could be a very good signing for us."

Four players who played for Atletico last term could be at Chelsea next season, with Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois back following his three-season loan spell and Costa poised to be joined by Luis, while midfielder Tiago could return to Stamford Bridge.


The arrival of Luis is imminent after an agreement with Atletico was reached. The 28-year-old has an opportunity to replace Ashley Cole as Chelsea's first-choice left-back in the long-term.

Meanwhile, Louis Nicollin, the Montpellier chairman, has mocked Remy Cabella's decision to sign for Newcastle United, but insisted he got the money he wanted to sell him.

Cabella completed a protracted move to Newcastle this week, a signing that will be swiftly followed by confirmation of Daryl Janmaat's arrival from Feyenoord for £5m and striker Emmanuel Riviere's move from AS Monaco for £6.5m.

Newcastle have had a successful summer in the transfer market, lifting the spirits of fans who were so disillusioned at a perceived lack of ambition from owner Mike Ashley.

Arsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle today, and continue to track further new additions.

Following the arrival of Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is expected to be a £10m deal. The 28-year-old was part of the French World Cup squad.

Irish Independent

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