Football: Chelsea's Diego Costa insists he will keep fighting for goals and glory

Diego Costa shooting past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Santiago Castano on July 22, 2015.
Diego Costa shooting past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Santiago Castano on July 22, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

MONTREAL (GUARDIAN) - Diego Costa has said he will never change his approach - no matter how many people become upset, or bruised, along the way.

The Chelsea striker bludgeoned his way to 20 goals in a rollercoaster first season in England following his £32m move from Atletico Madrid but also attracted controversy, receiving a three-match ban for an off-the-ball stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can in January.

Said Costa: "I don't think I have done anything malicious; I've not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am? I've always played this way for all the sides I've been with and I've always scored a lot of goals in this style.

"The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I'm not going to be the same player. I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me."

Costa is looking ahead to the upcoming battles with relish. Mourinho has hinted here that Chelsea may operate with two strikers this season, the manager not always sending out Costa as his battering ram.

The 26-year-old could be partnered with French international Loic Remy or Radamel Falcao, his former striker partner from Atletico.

Either way, Costa cannot wait. Said the Brazilian-born naturalised Spaniard: "Goals are what count for me. It's not about a battle with defenders. Fighting hard, giving everything and working hard on the field you have to combine with the goals you score.

"It doesn't matter if defenders want to battle with me or not, I will just be trying to do my job as well as I possibly can.

"Do I enjoy the aggression of English football? No, I like to play football, I like to score goals, I like to do things well.

"You can get different types of games, some which are more of a battle, some which are less hard fought. I think it depends on each game, how you feel a game happens to be going, how you are playing at a given time, as no two games are the same."

He was also looking forward to linking up with the Colombian Falcao following their time in La Liga - they won the Copa del Rey together against a Real Madrid side managed by Mourinho - and welcomes his old friend to England.

"I've spent a couple of seasons with Falcao and I reckon things went fairly well," Costa said. "He did a lot for me and he's a great striker.

"Whether the manager chooses to play us alongside each other, that's one for him to decide, but let's hope he gets here soon because he is a very talented player who needs a bit of affection, and people here cannot wait for him to arrive to help us out because he is a key player who will be decisive for us.

"I think he'll be fine. I suffered an injury similar to his in 2011 and now I'm fine. All he needs is the consistency of regular football and to feel loved, which I think he'll get from the manager, as well as his teammates who will all be there for him.

"I think it's good for us that he didn't have the best of seasons as that's why he's now with us. Radamel knows the sort of manager Mourinho is.

"He's a manager who is liked by players because he trusts and backs them. He doesn't sign a player just for the sake of it."