‘I was scared!’: Diego Costa reveals his bizarre Wolves unveiling video was NOT a pleasant experience as he grappled with real-life wolves… after signing on as a free agent to solve their striker crisis
- Diego Costa has sealed a sensational return to the Premier League with Wolves
- He was previously without a club having left Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro in January
- Manager Bruno Lage had been seeking reinforcements to his attacking line
- Wolves striker Sasa Kalajdzic is set for a spell on the sidelines due to injury
Wolves have completed a deal for former Chelsea striker Diego Costa until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old had been without a club since January, having left Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro.
With Wolves having seen summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffer an ACL injury on his debut, meaning he risks missing the rest of the season, Bruno Lage needed reinforcements and has pulled off an audacious free transfer to land Costa.
Diego Costa has sealed a sensational free transfer back to the Premier League with Wolves
Bruno Lage has been desperately seeking reinforcements in attack and now has Costa
Wolves announced the arrival of Costa with a bizarre video on social media.
The 33-year-old can be seen walking a pack of dogs which are meant to represent Wolves, the club’s nickname.
The setting for the video appears to be the concourse of the Molineux Stadium which has not been lit up and is covered in shadows, of which Costa emerges from.
Costa was filmed handling a pack of wolves as part of his announcement video at Wolves
The video is captioned at the end with ‘Diego is a wolf’ confirming his place at the club for the upcoming season.
The striker admitted that he thought the experience of filming with the animals was ‘cool’ but did admit that he was ‘scared to death’.
On the announcement video, Costa told the club website: ‘I was scared to death. Holding that chain I kept thinking, “What if this wolf thinks about jumping on top of me?” and then the three of them did.
Costa will wear the number 29 shirt as he hopes to prove he is still capable at the top level
‘Because the lady training them kept calling them, asked them to move around a little and the dog, the wolves didn’t do a single thing.
‘And I thought, ‘If they’re not doing anything with the trainer, if they come’…when they came and smelled my foot, I knew I was done for.
‘I was a little scared then. Those were wolves, not dogs. It was a cool experience but not a very comfortable one. I have five dogs, but they’re not wolves!’
Costa spent three years at Chelsea, going on to lift two Premier League titles in west London
Costa spent three years at Chelsea from 2014 to 2017, scoring 52 times in 89 appearances and helping the Blues to two league titles.
Costa initially saw his work permit application rejected but Wolves’ appeal was upheld on Wednesday and he was able to complete his medical in the Midlands on Thursday.
Wolves had to press on with plans for a striker in case Costa’s work permit appeal was denied and the club seriously considered a move for Andy Carroll as their Plan B.
Summer signing Sasa Kalajdzic suffered an ACL injury on his debut against Southampton
Carroll, also 33, has been without a club since leaving West Brom upon the expiry of his contract in July, leaving him free to move elsewhere without a transfer fee required.
Carroll, who has played for Liverpool, West Ham and Newcastle in his career – has most recently been on West Brom and Reading’s books, dropping down to the Championship after leaving Newcastle for a second time last year.
Goals have been the big problem for Wolves, who remain winless, so far this season and injuries to Kalajdzic and Raul Jimenez has left Lage painfully short.
Andy Carroll, formerly of West Brom, was lined up as a back-up if Costa deal fell through
The acquisition of Costa on a short-term deal represents a major coup given his stock in English football.
Costa has won five league titles in three countries during a career that has seen him make 26 international appearances — two of which were for Brazil before he switched allegiance to Spain in 2013.
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