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Chelsea, Remy seal deal Mou praises ‘complete’ Costa

LONDON, Aug 31, (AFP): France international striker Loic Remy has joined Chelsea from Queens Park Rangers on a four-year contract, the two Premier League clubs announced on Sunday. The announcement came a day after Chelsea reportedly triggered a £10.5 million ($17.4 million, 13.3 million euros) release clause in the 27-year-old’s contract, prompting him to withdraw from QPR’s squad to face Sunderland. “I feel very happy and very proud,” said Remy, who was pictured on the Chelsea website posing with a club shirt. “When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said ‘Let’s go’ straight away, because they are one of the best clubs in the world.”

Remy has been signed to replace Fernando Torres, who has joined AC Milan from Chelsea on a two-year loan deal, and to provide competition for fellow strikers Diego Costa and Didier Drogba. Arsenal were also reported to have made a late move for the former Lyon and Marseille forward, but it was Chelsea who secured his signature. 

Meanwhile, chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hailed Diego Costa as the complete striker after his side’s 6-3 Premier League win over Everton but is concerned opponents will try to get the Spain international sent off. Brazil-born Costa scored twice in a thrilling match at Goodison Park to take his tally to four goals in three games, and maintained Chelsea’s winning start to the season. Mourinho bought Costa for £32 million ($53.1 million, 40.4 million euros) from Atletico Madrid during the close season to add more firepower to a Chelsea side that managed 71 goals last season.

That figure was way behind champions Manchester City (102) and runners-up Liverpool (101) in the last campaign, but Mourinho expects more with a lethal finisher in his side. “It was the complete performance of a striker,” Mourinho said. “The perfect performance in every aspect. “In the first half he was tackling, he recovers balls, he holds the ball, and his movement was quality. Everything was really good. “Diego had three chances and he scored two goals. He is a good finisher and he gives us a lot. In the end we are killers in attack.”
 
Mourinho was, however, disappointed with the manner in which Everton’s players attempted to provoke Costa during the game which earned him a booking. “I was not happy with the way some Everton players tried to create problems with Diego,” added Mourinho. “I don’t think it is in keeping with the Everton team, because they are positive in every aspect, to be chasing cards for a player who was here to play football. (AFP)

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