English Premiership

Terry impressed by Costa

2014-07-17 10:00
John Terry (AFP)

Cape Town - Chelsea skipper John Terry is confident that new Chelsea striker Diego Costa will deliver the goods at Stamford Bridge.

From arch-enemy to key player, John Terry is confident that his new teammate will perform in the English Premiership just the Spanish striker did in La Liga.

The deal taking Costa from Atletico Madrid to Stamford Bridge was confirmed on Tuesday for a fee of £32 million and he will be joined by Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis after the club announced on Wednesday that an agreement had been reached between the two clubs.

Costa, who is Brazilian born but who was plays for Spain internationally, played a key role in helping Atletico Madrid overthrow both Barcelona and Real Madrid as the top side in La Liga.

His participation in both the Champions League final and the World Cup was hindered by a persistent hamstring injury. 

John Terry, speaking to the London club's website, has been particularly impressed by Costa's physicality and ability to move sharply into space.

"First of all, his movement and his strength are really good - I was really surprised by it," said Terry.

"I think everyone remembers the square-up we had in the first ten minutes of the first leg 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."

Costa scored 53 goals in 110 appearances in La Liga since joining Atletico Madrid from Valladolid

Terry and Costa will have the chance to get better acquainted as Chelsea play RZ Pellets on July 23 before further pre-season matches in Slovenia, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary.

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