There are fresh rumors making the rounds about Chelsea and Diego Costa today, and this batch includes some quotes from Diego Simeone. Here's what he had to say:
"It will depend on him and what he thinks is the best for his future. I will support any decision he makes. It’s natural that Chelsea are interested in him. That makes me happy, because my aim and that of my coaching staff is to see our players improve."
"We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going. It was like Radamel Falcao, how could I tell him not to go to Monaco?"
"Samuel Eto’o has made Chelsea better. He is getting older and Diego Costa could do his thing there, but for now he is ours. He has room for improvement. He’s rebellious and I like that and he’s something different. Hopefully his development won’t end. Right now he’s among the candidates for the Ballon d’Or."
The paper goes on to mention that Chelsea are getting close to a deal, and that they would be willing to pay Costa the same sort of wages that Eden Hazard is currently on. If true, I just don't see any way this deal doesn't get done, especially with us having several bargaining chips aside from money*.
*And no, I don't consider Fernando Torres to be that sort of chip
The closer we get to summer, the more confident I'm getting that we'll be seeing Costa wearing blue next season. That makes me happy, as I like having center forwards that are capable of scoring goals regularly. Now keep Romelu Lukaku around and we'll be in business.