Diego Costa: It would be fantastic to have Arda at Chelsea

The pair thrived together at Atletico Madrid and, with the midfielder set to leave Vicente Calderon, Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing the Turkey international

Diego Costa is hoping to one day play alongside Arda Turan again amid reported interest from Chelsea in the Atletico Madrid man.

The 28-year-old Arda, who is set to leave the Vicente Calderon this summer, has already denied potential moves to Barcelona and Manchester United.

Costa won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and reached the Champions League final with the Turkey international while at the Vicente Calderon and feels the pair – along with Filipe Luis – could replicate their trophy-winning form at Stamford Bridge.

“It would be fantastic [to play alongside Arda again],” Costa told Bugun. “Arda makes everything so much easier out on the pitch. Arda, Filipe and I function perfectly.

“Arda is such a great person. He invited us to eat at his house many times; I really liked his kebab. The whole team would go round to his house for dinner.”

Costa also spoke of his admiration for Blues boss Mourinho as the Premier League champions ready themselves for their title defence.

He added: “Mourinho dedicates himself completely to his work. He adores his job and immerses himself in it.

“At the moment the team is resting but I am sure he isn’t – he will be planning, doing things to improve the team. Mourinho makes things easier for the players.

“Simeone is still a relatively young coach and he always strives for the best; he always helps his players and he enjoys his job. Both of them have enjoyed success.”

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