Notorious football hardman Diego Costa has sensationally admitted he was "scared to death" filming with actual wolves for his Wolverhampton Wanderers announcement video.
Costa, 33, has today (September 12) penned a one-year deal with the Premier League outfit after terminating his contract at Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro earlier this year.
The former Chelsea and Atletico Madrid ace is seen as the ideal man to help goal-shy Wanderers start hitting the back of the net. Bruno Lage's side are the league's lowest goal scorers, having bagged just three in their opening six matches – and the veteran arrives with a fierce reputation.
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Known for his no-nonsense on-field approach, Costa is a two-time Premier League champion and Player of the Month winner. But the Spain international has admitted he more than met his match when acting in Wolves' announcement teaser.
"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," recalled Costa on the club's social media video which displays him holding three wolves on the end of a chain.
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"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!"
Last featuring in the Premier League during Chelsea's title-winning 2016/17 season, Costa headed back to Atletico Madrid following a high-profile falling out with manager Antonio Conte but the 33-year-old has always had a return to England on his mind.
He added: "I always thought that the Premier League was the best out there, the best in the world. I had the pleasure to play in it, return again and in my opinion, from experience, the league has the atmosphere, the way the game is played, the stadiums full of supporters, the pitch in perfect condition, the respect that players have for each other.
"I did think if I would be able to do it if I was physically and mentally ready for this new challenge – a difficult one, that I know for sure – but mentally, I’m fine. On a physical and psychological level, I will need two to three weeks to get back in shape but that’s normal since I haven’t done much for a while but I know that I can do it."
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