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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has hailed Chelsea legend Didier Drogba and he admits Drogba was always fantastic with him.

“I have always seen Drogba as the example to follow in terms of a centre-forward,” Costa told Chelsea TV. “He was strong and scored loads of goals and he was a quality player.

“Just watching him train helped me. Just seeing him, I was amazed. This is because – and I am not making this up at all – I specifically used to watch Chelsea, who are obviously a big club, just to see Drogba.

“He was famous and everyone would talk about him. I even liked watching him when he played for the Ivory Coast. When I arrived here, he was never cold with me, quite the opposite. I wasn’t exactly scared of him but he was such a legend who had helped the club grow and been a part of all that.

“He made history here, so could have been dismissive of me but no, he is always fantastic with me. I will always have fond memories of him and whenever I see him, I thank him. Its not always easy for someone with so much history to be in that position.

“I was playing well, scoring goals and he would support and motivate me, whereas others might not have done the same. I take my hat off to him.”

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