Douglas Costa: ‘Chelsea DID contact me over January move’

Shakhtar Dontesk striker Douglas Costa has confirmed that Chelsea were linked with his signature.

Blues manager Jose Mourinho was reportedly eyeing Costa as a cheaper alternative to Juan Cuadrado.

But a move fell through, and Cuadrado moved from Fiorentina for £26.8m.

Costa has revealed how being linked with Chelsea has motivated him to become a better player.

He told Goal:  ‘Yes, I had a contact [with Chelsea] and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho always motivates a player,’ Costa told Goal.

‘I am very grateful for the kindness he showed with me.

‘He is a very smart coach and who won [titles] wherever he has gone.’

Douglas has won a handful of trophies with the Ukrainian side since joining in 2010 from Gremio, including a domestic treble in 2011-12.

 

Steve Osborne                             @Pack3rNa7ion

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