Chelsea has officially confirmed the signing of Diego Costa as the former Athletic Madrid player will be making his way to Stamford Bridge after signing a contract that will see him remaining with the Premier League club for the next 5 years.
Diego Costa’s sensational form during the previous season attracted the eyes of clubs around the globe but it was Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea the team that eventually managed on signing him.
Costa wrote on Chelsea’s official website: “I am very happy to sign for Chelsea. 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. I would like to thank everybody at Athletic 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.”
Diego Costa was the main attacking powerhouse of Athletic Madrid in the previous season as he helped his former club on winning the Spanish League as they shocked the world by performing better than their rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona which allowed them on claiming the league title in a surprising fashion.
Jose Mourinho is preparing a squad that will not only be able to compete in the Premier League but make a serious charge for the Champions League of the next season as the Portuguese manager is going to have at his disposal some of the best players in the world, which is the case of: Petr Cech, Thibaut Courtois, Oscar, Diego Costa, Andre Schurrle, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will miss the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona on Wednesday night. The forward has been suffering from a few injury problems the last few weeks. He had already missed the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund. After missing the match against Almeria during the weekend, it was expected that Ronaldo returned to the starting line-up against Barcelona.
After losing the El Clasico 4-3 earlier in the season, this is a great opportunity for Real Madrid to put more pressure on Barcelona, who come into the match on the back of two consecutive defeats. The Catalan club have slipped three points behind Real Madrid in the table and Carlo Ancelotti’s men could inflict yet another defeat that could end their season. Barcelona can be left with only two titles this season – the Copa del Rey and the league title. However, their defence of the league title is not in a good shape after the 1-0 defeat against Granada.
Ronaldo, who is the club’s top scorer and also the current holder of the FIFA Ballon d’Or award, will not be participating in the match according to club manager Ancelotti, who will be now relying upon the likes of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for the goals.
“Cristiano is not available because we do not want to take risks with him. The tests conducted on Cristiano Ronaldo have detected a muscular injury to his left hamstring. This is pending developments. Cristiano did not rest because there was no need. There was no situation we saw that suggested he was tired and if he had been tired he would not have played. He has a problem that many players have at this stage of the season,” said Ancelotti.
Manchester United manager David Moyes has hinted that the club may be prepared to make a mega money offer for Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in order to bring him back to Old Trafford. Ronaldo became the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. This resulted in a £ 80 million move to the Santiago Bernebeu. Even with the pressure of this transfer fee, he has been able to perform in an absolutely brilliant way. He has averaged more than a goal per game since moving to Madrid.
He is only a few goals short of the record held by Alfredo di Stefano in much lesser games. However, there has been reports that Ronaldo is not entirely happy at Madrid and that he would want to leave the club. He is also not happy that the signing of Gareth Bale made him the second most expensive player behind the Welshman. Even though he signed a new five-year contract only in the summer, Moyes has revealed that he would one day like to work with Ronaldo due to his history at Old Trafford.
“Everyone at Manchester United would tell you he is the best in the business anyway. I have not been fortunate enough to work with him but there is still hope some day it might be possible,” said Moyes in an interview given to MUTV. “When you have Ronaldo it makes it easy. He scores all the time. He scored three goals on Tuesday. He is an amazing player, for me the best player in the world,” said Anderson about his former teammate.
Anderson has said that playing with Ronaldo is extremely easy because he often comes with the goals necessary to win matches. Ronaldo would cost in excess of £60 million, while he is rumoured to have a release clause of around £1 billion.