Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone spoke to Madrid radio station Onda Cero and said that he would support any decision that Diego Costa makes regarding his future. He goes on to say that he is not surprised that Chelsea FC is interested in a striker of Diego Costa’s caliber and that it makes sense financially for both clubs.
Diego Simeone on Chelsea FC and Diego Costa’s future
“It depends on him and what he believes is best for his future. I will support any decision. It is normal that Chelsea are interested in him. It has good economic potential. [Samuel] Eto’o is getting older and Costa can do their work, but for now he’s ours.”
Atletico is known as a selling club and they seem to produce world class strikers on an assembly line for the highest bidder to come and purchase. Diego Forlan, Sergio Aguero, Radamel Falcao, and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink have worn the red and white kit of Atletico and have all gone on to have fine careers all over Europe. The financial windfall of selling Diego Costa is likely too big to ignore and with the relationship with Chelsea going so well the Blues should have priority over any other club.
Despite this looming transfer in the summer, Simeone does not believe that it has affected Diego Costa’s mindset or commitment to the club. Simeone used the way Costa injured himself scoring against Getafe as a prime example of that commitment to Atletico by saying that “Costa, in that gesture, exemplified how we want to play every game as if it is our last”. Diego Costa is exactly the type and caliber of striker that Chelsea need and it is refreshing to see a manager who will not stand in the way of his player’s ambition or bash him for it.
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