Striker Diego Costa signs 5-year Chelsea contract

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 12:24 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 15 at 2:01 PM

LONDON (AP) — Spain striker Diego Costa has completed his move to Chelsea from Atletico Madrid.

Chelsea announced on Tuesday that Costa signed a five-year contract, two weeks after the London club agreed to meet the player's reported buyout clause of 38 million euros ($52 million).

Costa scored 35 goals last season to help Atletico win its first Spanish league title in 18 years and reach the Champions League final, knocking out Chelsea in the semifinals.

Costa says "having played against Chelsea last season I know the high quality of the squad I am joining."

The Brazil-born forward had an underwhelming World Cup, failing to score as Spain's title defense ended in the group stage.

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