Diego Costa's Efforts Made Deal With Chelsea Possible Says Diego Simeone

Diego Costa's Efforts Made Deal With Chelsea Possible Says Diego Simeone”

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has praised the intensity shown by Chelsea after his side's 2-1 defeat against the Blues last week.

But despite Simeone now having what he'll likely see as the ideal Atletico attack, with Antoine Griezmann and Costa, there's more upheaval on the way, as the Frenchman could be leaving next summer. "Another one of that level or better and we would not be able to afford", Simeone told Cadena Ser.

"That being said, I believe Costa and Vitolo will find it hard to get into our team especially when I look at the players we already have - everyone will have to earn their place".

Still, it's unlikely Costa will consider going anywhere for the foreseeable future, after he spent a summer hiding from Chelsea in Brazil and doing anything possible to avoid having to return to London.

A year ago we were close.

I spoke very clearly with him.

Asked if Costa is the ideal forward for Atletico, Simeone added: 'Of the players of his level he is the one for us.

"Of all the players I have had he is the one that has surprised me the most". He brings together all the qualities of goals, workrate, effort and leadership'.

He is set to fall further down the pecking order in January when the returning Diego Costa will be eligible to play and is likely to move on, with Everton among the sides who could battle to secure his services.

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