I could have joined Chelsea, admits Douglas Costa

The Shakhtar Donetsk forward confirms that the Blues were in contact in January but does not fear that the move's collapse will affect his chances with the Brazil squad
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By Cassio Santestevan

Shakhtar Donetsk forward Douglas Costa has confirmed that Chelsea were in contact over a possible January transfer.

The Brazil international was a target for Jose Mourinho's men over the winter, though the Ukrainian side wanted over £22 million for his signature and the Premier League leaders eventually signed Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina instead.

Costa had indicated that a move to Stamford Bridge would be a "dream" come true for him but remains thankful for their interest despite the deal not coming together.

"Yes, I had a contact [with Chelsea] and the chance to work with a coach like Jose Mourinho always motivates a player," he told the official Copa America website. "I am very grateful for the kindness he showed with me.

"He is a very smart coach and who won [titles] wherever he has gone."

Though his move to England fell through, the 24-year-old does not fear that he may be overlooked by national coach Dunga if he continues to ply his trade in the less glamourous Ukrainian league.

"It is clear that the Premier League has a high profile but it is well proven that Dunga observes all competitions," he remarked. "If you are good at your club, you may have a chance in the Selecao."

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