Chelsea are nicer team without 29-year-old, claims Jermaine Jenas

Former Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas believes Chelsea are a much nicer team without Diego Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa Photo: The Sport Review

Chelsea are a nicer team now Diego Costa has returned to Atletico Madrid, Jermaine Jenas has admitted.

The Spain international moved back to los Rojiblancos last month after calling time on his time at Stamford Bridge.

Costa scored 20 goals in both of Chelsea’s title-winning campaigns in the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte to highlight his importance to the Blues team.

The 29-year-old’s replacement is Alvaro Morata and the former Real Madrid striker has already hit the ground running with a return of six goals in seven Premier League games.

Chelsea signed the centre-forward in a £58m deal from Champions League holders Real Madrid in the summer transfer window ahead of Costa’s anticipated departure.

Morata is sidelined with a hamstring problem which the Spain international picked up during a 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Former Spurs midfielder Jenas admitted that Chelsea are a much nicer team now that Costa has left the defending champions.

“Anybody without Diego Costa is a nicer team,” Jenas told BBC Radio 5 Live. “That’s not a negative on Chelsea.

“I heard they’ve got some big characters in there like Gary Cahill and David Luiz.”

Chelsea won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points above Tottenham Hotspur.

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