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Birthdate:  October 7, 1988    Birthplace:  Lagarto, Brazil    Nationality:  Spain    Height:  6' 2"    Weight:  187 lbs    Show ContractHide Contract


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Transferred from Atletico Madrid to Chelsea FC in July 2014.

July 15, 2014    Diego Costa News

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Costa signed a five-year contract with Chelsea on Tuesday after transferring from Atletico Madrid, the club's official web site reports.

Chelsea reportedly paid a 32 million transfer fee for Costa, which was easily covered by the 50 million they got for selling David Luiz to Paris Saint-Germain. Costa scored 27 goals in La Liga play last season, although he had never reached double-digit goals in any previous season.

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Diego Costa: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

July 1, 2014

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Chelsea FC announced Tuesday that they have reached an agreement with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Costa.

Chelsea reportedly met the release clause in Costa's contract, bringing him in for the 2014-15 season. He is coming off an incredible season at Atletico, where he scored 27 times in La Liga play, helping them win the title and reach the UEFA Champions League final. However, Costa had never scored more than 10 goals in a season before the last one.

June 13, 2014

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Costa started Friday's World Cup match against Netherlands, and while he drew a foul in the box that led to Spain's opening goal, he was unable to get anything else in the 1-5 loss.

Spain were blitzed after going up 1-0 and Costa made matters worse by head-butting Dutch defender Bruno Martins Ind in the second half. He avoided punishment from the referee, but it's entirely possible that FIFA could retroactively hand down a punishment. If Spain finish second in the group behind the Dutch, they would likely play Brazil in the next round, pitting Costa against his birth-nation that he spurned last year for La Roja.

June 13, 2014

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Costa (hamstring) has been deemed fit for Spain's World Cup opener against Netherlands on Friday, Sky Sports reports.

Costa reportedly was a full participant in training Thursday, allowing him to be available for Friday's match. He is believed to be in the starting XI, although if coach Vicente Del Bosque decides to keep the Brazil-born striker on the bench, David Villa or Cesc Fabregas could take his place.

June 4, 2014

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Costa passed a medical exam at Chelsea on Wednesday ahead of a potential 32 million transfer to the Premier League club, the BBC reports.

Costa has been linked with the Blues for months and the transfer appears all but complete ahead of the World Cup. Costa will be a remarkable improvement at striker for Chelsea, who had to rely on Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba last season. Costa scored 36 goals in 52 appearances for Atletico Madrid last season, winning La Liga and reaching the Champions League final.

June 2, 2014

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Costa, who is recovering from a thigh injury, trained fully Monday, while also being put through a special stretching session, the Associated Press reports.

Costa has been bothered by the injury for a number of weeks, but could not fully rest it with Atletico Madrid fighting for the Champions League and La Liga trophies. Despite the issues, he was named to the World Cup squad, where he'll compete for playing time with David Villa and Fernando Torres.

May 31, 2014

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Costa was named to the final 23-man Spain squad for the World Cup, despite the fact that he is currently recovering from a hamstring injury, ESPN FC reports.

Costa is one of four forwards on the squad, as he is joined by Atletico Madrid teammate David Villa, Chelsea's Fernando Torres, and Barcelona's Pedro. Despite his lack of full fitness, Costa beat out Manchester City's Alvaro Negredo and Juventus' Fernando Llorente. Costa switched international allegiances last year from Brazil to Spain, and he'll surely be trying to make a mark this summer in his birth-country.

May 26, 2014

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Costa, who lasted only nine minutes in Saturday's Champions League final against Real Madrid due to a hamstring injury, will need about two weeks of rest before he can be re-evaluated, Sky Sports reports.

Dr. Pedro Guillen said Costa suffered a Grade 1 tear in the femoral biceps of his right leg, which is putting his availability for this summer's World Cup in doubt. The Brazilian-born striker, who switched international allegiances to Spain last year, has been battling the hamstring injury for a few weeks, but with Atletico going for the La Liga crown and the Champions League trophy, he continued to push himself until season's end.