Chelsea forward Diego Costa has admitted he joined the club because of the lure of working for Jose Mourinho and says he owes a lot to the Manchester United boss.
Costa, 28, left Atletico Madrid for Stamford Bridge in 2014 and won the title with the Blues in his debut season in west London.
Mourinho’s second spell at the club came to a horrifying end just six months later though, when he was sacked in December 2015 with the Blues just outside of the relegation zone.
The Spanish international was determined to rejoin former club Atletico last summer but Antonio Conte convinced him to stay.
However, the striker’s fueled speculation by admitting he decided to leave the La Liga giants because he wanted to work with Mourinho.
‘In all honesty I always tell people I am grateful to Mourinho because he helped me a lot,’ Costa told Sky Sports.
‘As a player when you want to improve you always look for the best coach and Mourinho is one of the best.
‘I wanted to come to Chelsea because of Mourinho. When I considered Chelsea I thought about the fact that Mourinho was here.
‘He is a coach that demands a lot from his players, he wants the maximum.’