Chelsea striker Diego Costa has taken a swipe back at his critics who say he is too much of a handful on the pitch by vowing to never change his competitive spirit, the Daily Express reports.
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Costa her been in phenomenal form for the blues since joining from Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in a £32m deal over the summer, and is already the Premier League’s joint top scorer with 19 goals.
However, his naturally aggressive style of play has already landed him in trouble with the FA, after he was banned for three games for stamping on Liverpool’s Emre Can during their Capital One Cup semi-final last month.
And though Costa may have paid the price for being overly physical in an already physical league, he has insisted that he is loving his new life in the English capital.
“I have been receiving that kind of treatment for a long time, so I will try to improve and not fall into the trap. But sometimes I do try to wind them up,” Costa told the Evening Standard.
“Everyone wants to win and do their best for their club. In my own way, I try to give my all for my team and fans — my opponent will do the same so I don’t complain because it’s part of the game.
“I will keep fighting and try to give my best for the team. Things are going well for me. I can’t deny I’m competitive, I’m a fighter. That’s how the League is here.
“There is fight, commitment, teams never stop battling and it’s a competition that demands a lot from a player. That’s why I like it and I’m very happy here.”