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'One of the three best strikers in the world' - Filipe Luis hails Costa's return to Atletico

8:18 AM EDT 9/22/17
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The Brazilian defender has praised his club's efforts in re-signing the Spain international forward, who he has described as a “friend”

Atletico Madrid ace Filipe Luis says he is “proud” of his side for re-signing Diego Costa, who he believes is one of the three best strikers in the world.

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The Liga outfit announced on Thursday that they have agreed a deal with Chelsea to sign Costa for a fee thought to be in the region of £58 million.

Costa, who has not featured for Chelsea since the FA Cup final in May, chose to remain in Brazil this summer rather than return to the Blues due to a dispute between the two parties.

But the Spain forward is now on his way back to Atletico and Filipe Luis has praised his club's efforts in getting the deal over the line.

In quotes reported by Marca, the Brazilian said: "I'm proud of this club for their effort in bringing in one of the three best strikers in the world.

"Wherever he has gone he has made history, and he arrives ready to work, fight and make us better. We are going to grow. I'm delighted that my friend is coming here."

Filipe Luis and Costa both moved to Chelsea from Atletico in 2014, before the former returned to Diego Simeone's side a year later after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge

Costa remained at Chelsea and played a key role in helping them win the Premier League last season, scoring 20 league goals in 35 appearances.

However, his preference was to return to Atletico after claiming manager Antonio Conte told him he was no longer in his plans via a text message.

Goal understands that Atletico are hoping to stagger the payments for Costa by making the deal as an initial loan move from January with an obligation to buy in the summer transfer window.