'Perfect' Costa is happy at Chelsea - Pedro

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The Spaniard believes the striker is content at Stamford Bridge despite huge speculation that he could be heading to China in the near future

Chelsea forward Pedro has described team-mate Diego Costa as the "perfect" striker and believes he is happy at Stamford Bridge.

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Costa has struck 15 Premier League goals this season but was left out by Blues boss Antonio Conte following reported interest in the striker from the Chinese Super League.

The Spain international was recalled into the Chelsea set-up for their home meeting with Hull City on Sunday and opened the scoring for the Premier League leaders deep into first-half stoppage time.

Costa's importance to the west Londoners is something which cannot be overlooked, according to Pedro, who has compared him to the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United.

"He is a very good striker. I have played with important people, important players like Ibrahimovic," Pedro is quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. "Costa is a very good striker too, a very good runner, strong physically and he scores more goals for the team. He is perfect for this team.

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Costa's desire to leave the Premier League was made public in the summer and he has since reiterated that his long-term future may not be in London, though he has thrived under the tutelage of Conte this season.

The Brazilian-born Spain international has led the line for the Blues on 20 occasions in the league this season and is flourishing due to the relationship with his manager.

Pedro believes that Costa's ambition is contagious in the Chelsea squad and his determination demands a level of focus from his team-mates which only benefits his club colleagues.

"With the team, he [Costa] has been training very well, with his team-mates," Pedro added. "He is very happy to be here in the club, this is the most important thing.

"His focus is on the team, the game, this season, to fight for this title. It’s good for the team. This ambition Diego shows is good for the team."

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Chelsea currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following the victory over Hull at the weekend, though Pedro believes there is a lot of hard work still to do between now and May if they are to lift the trophy.

"This title is very difficult to win," Pedro said. "The Premier League is probably the best, strongest, most competitive [league] and for me it would be a dream to win this title.

"It's difficult and different [to La Liga] but this is a good moment for us."

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