Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has dropped the biggest hint yet that he will complete a move to Chelsea, telling Spanish media that "it looks like" he will play at Stamford Bridge next season.
Reports earlier last week confirmed the Spanish international passed his medical with Jose Mourinho's side – with the Blues agreeing to meet the striker's £32m release clause.
Costa was La Liga champions' standout player this season with 27 goals in 35 league appearances and is currently with the Spanish national team ahead of the World Cup.
When questioned by the Spanish reporters about whether he will join Chelsea this summer, Costa replied: "Well, it looks like it."
Meanwhile, Chelsea right-back Cesar Azpilicueta, who is currently training alongside Costa with Spain, has hailed his forthcoming move to Stamford Bridge, adding that he believes the hitman's strength will help him easily adapt to life in the Premier League.
"Definitely! Physically, Diego is very strong and the Premier League is very demanding in that aspect. I'm sure he'll adapt – he can adapt to any situation," Azpilicueta said in an interview with AS.
At the same time, the full-back heaped praise on his manager Jose Mourinho and expressed his optimismfor the forthcoming season with Chelsea.
"Right from the first day, when I began training under him, it was clear that he is a very different coach. He's always shown faith in me and it's just a shame that we couldn't win any trophies during his first year back with us. We came close though and with a few great signings and the team maturing, hopefully we'll win something," said Azpilicueta.
Chelsea are expected to complete further signing in the next coming days, including former Arsenal hero Cesc Fabregas and as well Atletico Madrid trio Costa, Tiago and Filipe Luis.