CAHILL RATES MORATA AS COSTA DEPARTS FOR ATLETICO

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Diego Costa’s story at Chelsea has now come to an end as the 28-year-old has completed a move to join his former club Atletico Madrid in a £58m deal.

In his stead, Alvaro Morata was signed for a record fee of £60m that could turn up to £70m due to add-ons and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill has insisted Morata is the right man to take over from Cahill.

The Chelsea captain said: “It’s great that, after Diego, we have another striker coming in and scoring straight away.

“I’m sure Alvaro wasn’t surprised by the pressure. He knew that it would be there when he joined and he came from a huge club anyway.

“Being a striker for Chelsea comes with a lot of pressure, but he has played with big players and big teams. He knows how to handle that and I don’t think it has been an issue at all.

“The easiest thing I found when I joined was that I knew a few people beforehand. It was early doors but I was in there with Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry.

“A few familiar faces helps and there are obviously a few Spaniards that Morata knows here. He is a fantastic guy, down to earth. His personality makes it very easy to get on with him.

“You can see from his performances that he is enjoying life at Chelsea.”

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