Early signs have certainly been encouraging from Chelsea striker Diego Costa since his £32 million move from Atletico Madird this summer. The Spanish international has scored seven goals in four Premier League games and will be hoping to down the reigning champions Manchester City this afternoon.
Costa however does have one issue, he has not yet mastered the English language.
He has already been seen using former Atletico team-mate Thibaut Courtois as a translator on Chelsea TV but he does have several Spanish and Portuguese speakers he can converse with in the Chelsea dressing room.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is one such player who can help Costa settle into life in London.
But he says on the pitch his communication issues are not a problem, as he deals in a different language – the language of goals.
He told Chelsea’s official website: “Diego has settled in very quickly to the team and even though he doesn’t speak English, he always tries to understand the people, tries to communicate and I think on the pitch the language for him is the goals, and he is scoring goals.
We speak the same language and I try to help him, and all the new players who come in, and if we help each other it is easier for everyone.”
Azpilicueta has also spoke about helping to settle Loic Remy at the club. The two are former team-mates at French side Marseille and he is pleased to be playing with the French international striker once again: “It is true that now I am happy to have him back because he is a very good player and hopefully he is very useful for the team.
“In Marseille Loic played at the sides or up front and he can play in different positions in attack. He is always a goalscorer, he has very good finishing and his movements are very clever, and he is quick as well. He is very clever inside and outside the box, I think he is a very good player for the team.”