Diego Costa ready to fight for Chelsea spot with Fernando Torres

Diego Costa insists he will relish the fight for a first-team place at Chelsea next season

Incoming Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: Wikimedia

Diego Costa insists he will relish the fight for a first-team place at Chelsea with fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres.

Costa is set to join the Blues in a £32m deal after an agreement was reached with Atletico Madrid at the beginning of the summer.

I think it will be a clean and healthy competition

Diego Costa

The 25-year-old Spain international has been touted as a replacement for Torres, who scored five goals in 28 games for the west London club last season.

However, Costa is expecting a tough battle with his compatriot for a place in Jose Mourinho’s first-team next term.

“It’s always good to have competition. The important thing for a big club is having great players,” Costa told GloboEsporte.com.

“Torres is a great player, I know I will fight hard to be among the holders and I like it. So I think it will be a clean and healthy competition.”

Costa added: “I am hopeful for what is happening in my life and I will adapt well,” he said. “I have wanted to play in the Premier League for a long time and I think it will be a very good and fast adaptation.

“I do not think there will be many changes to the style of play [between Atletico and Chelsea]. Chelsea are a great team and the Premier League is good to play in.”

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