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Mourinho: Costa Was A £32m Bargain

Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, believes Diego Costa was a £32 million ‘bargain’ and insists the 25-year-old is the striker he was waiting for.

Costa had a great pre-season and yesterday’s brace took his total tally to four goals for his new club, but Mourinho also praised the player's work ethic.

"What can we expect? I expect Diego. And Diego is a team player who works hard, he's not just about goals," Mourinho told reporters.

"It's about his defensive work, mentality and ambition.

"This is the player we bought and we were waiting for since last season. This is why we didn't buy a striker in the winter market. We were waiting for him, we have him and hopefully everything goes well.

"He looks adapted to the team, and the Premier League, not just Chelsea, should be happy. Sometimes we lose important players going to other countries and sometimes we bring new top players here."

Chelsea paid £32 million to bring Costa over from Atletico Madrid, but Mourinho insisted that was a ‘bargain’ for a striker of his quality and age.

"You can consider that (a bargain) because the market is crazy and the values are very high," Mourinho added.

“For a striker like him, a champion in Spain, a Champions League finalist, a 25-year-old, we consider the price was very much in our favour."

Mourinho also revealed that Didier Drogba could recover from his ankle injury in time to be in the squad for Monday's Premier League opener against Burnley.

"He's good," Mourinho said of the Ivorian.

"I don't want to say ready for Monday but with the quality of our medical department and the mentality he has, I'm not saying it's impossible for him to recover for Monday."

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