Shakhtar midfielder Douglas Costa wants Chelsea move

Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Douglas Costa has admitted he would like a move to the Premier League with Chelsea being his preferred destination.

The 24-year-old has been tracked by a number of European clubs since he began his playing career for the Brazilian side Gremio in 2008. However, the midfielder ended up signing a five-year contract with Shakhtar Donetsk in January 2010.

Costa has continued to draw attention from top clubs while playing for the Ukrainian champions. However, the midfielder signed an extension, which had tied him to Shakhtar until June 2018.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with the Brazilian, while Chelsea reportedly had several January bids for the player rejected by his current club. According to numerous reports, the midfielder has a release clause in excess of £35 million and the Ukrainian side is notoriously difficult when it comes to transfer negotiations.

However, in an interview with the publication FourFourTwo, Costa confirmed he is interested in joining former Shakhtar Donetsk teammate Willian at Chelsea. The midfielder would go on to reveal he believes Jose Mourinho would help him achieve everything he ever wanted in soccer.

“I’d really be interested in moving to Chelsea – not only because everything Willian tells me about the club, but because I think that I’d be able to achieve everything I want having someone like Jose Mourinho by my side,” Costa told FourFourTwo.

“Since I left Brazil, I have worked with a marvelous coach [Mircea Lucescu] and got an idea how much influence such a good professional can have in your football. Now I think it’s time to try a new philosophy and I’m sure that Mourinho’s is the best around. He’s always fighting for trophies.

“Besides that, I’d have the chance to play in the Premier League, the best league in the world. What really impresses me is that you never know which team will win – that’s a factor that always keeps athletes motivated.”

Since this story was first published, various reports have suggested Chelsea has reached an agreement with Shakhtar Donetsk for Costa. However, these stories are likely premature considering the Ukrainian champions’ history in regards to allowing their players to leave.

Expect to hear more from this story in the coming months, and well into the upcoming summer transfer window.

 

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