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Simeone: Costa Could Join Chelsea

Atletico Madrid boss, Diego Simeone, has admitted he won’t stand in Diego Costa’s way if the forward wants to join Chelsea in the summer.

Costa has been high-flying form this season, scoring 34 goals in all competitions for Atletico. His 26 La Liga goals have put his side in the driving seat to win their first league title since 1996.

The Brazil-born Spaniard has awoken a lot of interest amongst Europe’s top clubs, with Jose Mourinho and Chelsea a likely destination.

"It will depend on him and what he thinks is best for his future," Simeone told radio station Onda Cero.

"I will support any decision he makes. It's natural that Chelsea are interested in him and that makes me happy, because my aim and that of my coaching staff is to see our players improve.

"We understand that Chelsea have huge financial power and if he wants to live off football for the rest of his life, I will have no problem in him going.

"It was like Radamel Falcao - how could I tell him not to go to Monaco? He gave life to this club."

Simeone believes that Costa would improve Chelsea, but insists for now the 25-year-old keeps helping his Spanish side.

"Samuel Eto'o has made them better and Diego Costa could do his thing there, but for now he is ours," he continued.

When asked whether he fears his goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, could not feature in the Champions League semi-final against his parent club, Chelsea, Simeone’s answer was clear.

"I have no doubt that he will play against Chelsea. He also has no doubts. Not a concern," the Argentine added.

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