Simeone admits Diego Costa is the player who most surprised him after...

Simeone admits Diego Costa is the player who most surprised him after joining Atletico Madrid

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Diego Pablo Simeone

Diego Costa has rejoined his former side Atletico Madrid after agreeing personal terms with the La Liga giants, in a deal with Chelsea worth around £58m.

And Los Colchoneros’ manager Diego Pablo Simeone told outlet Cadena Ser: “Last year we were close. I spoke a lot with him. If he had not made the effort this summer the transfer would not have been possible.”

“Of the players of his level he is the one for us. – Simeone added – Another one of that level or better and we would not be able to afford. Of all the players I have had he is the one that has surprised me the most. He brings together all the qualities of goals, workrate, effort and leadership.”