Diego Costa admits Chelsea legend made him fall in love with the club

Diego Costa admits that he has always looked up to Didier Drogba and his impact at Chelsea

Diego Costa has admitted that Didier Drogba’s sublime performances for Chelsea was one of the factors which first drew him to the Premier League club.

Costa has earned a reputation as one of the Premier League’s top strikers since his arrival at the club from Atletico Madrid in the summer of 2014.

Indeed, the Spain international has already scored 15 goals in the Premier League this season to help Chelsea build a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

Drogba won multiple titles during his spells at Chelsea and is widely considered to be one of the best strikers to have ever played for the club.

And Costa has revealed that he has always looked up to the Ivorian as a role model on the pitch.

Speaking to Chelsea TV, Costa said: “I have always seen Drogba as the example to follow in terms of a centre-forward. He was strong and scored loads of goals and he was a quality player.

“Just watching him train helped me. Just seeing him, I was amazed. This is because – and I’m not making this up at all – I specifically used to watch Chelsea (before joining), who are obviously a big club, just to see Drogba.

“He was famous and everyone would talk about him. I even liked watching him when he played for the Ivory Coast.

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“When I arrived here, he was never cold with me, quite the opposite. I wasn’t exactly scared of him, but he was such a legend who had helped the club grow and been a part of all that.

“He made history here, so could have been dismissive of me but, no, he was always fantastic with me. I will always have fond memories of him and whenever I see him, I thank him. It’s not always easy for someone with so much history to be in that position.”

Costa will be hoping to feature for Chelsea when the Blues take on Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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