Douglas Costa will thrive at Bayern Munich - Shakhtar coach Lucescu
Bayern Munich's new signing Douglas Costa is worth every cent of his €30 million transfer fee and will become a better player under Pep Guardiola's guidance, according to Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu.
Costa, 24, had been linked with Bayern after winning a fifth Ukrainian league title in a row at Shakhtar, and joined the Bundesliga champions on Wednesday.
The Brazil international signed a five-year deal with Bayern until 2020, and his former coach Lucescu believes that Guardiola can help the midfielder develop his game even further.
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Lucescu told Suddeutsche Zeitung: "He is a champion, and Pep Guardiola will make him even better.
"He is equally good with both feet, has a sense for free spaces, a strong shot and above all he is tremendously fast."
Costa played under Lucescu at Donetsk for five years and the Romanian coach is happy with his development, saying: "He has used his time in Ukraine well. He is prepared to take the next step."
But Lucescu admitted that it was time for Costa to make a move, adding: "I approve [of his departure] now. It is the right moment and the right club."
Peruvian striker Claudio Pizarro, whose contract at Bayern expired this summer, was also impressed by Costa.
The 36-year-old said of the new signing: "I know him from our matches against Shakhtar Donetsk. Thereafter, I was sure Bayern will sign him.
"I know Pep a little and I know which kind of players he is looking for to fit his system."
Costa may find it easier to earn a starting role at Bayern with Franck Ribery still sidelined by an ankle injury, though Pizarro is confident Guardiola will be able to keep his attacking players happy.
"I think Costa, Robben and Ribery will rotate a lot," he said. "Pep will manage that well. Costa is in any case a very valuable option."
Bayern's sporting executive Matthias Sammer has not ruled out more new signings, but thinks the club is in a comfortable situation.
"The question is: Are you in need to make transfers or not?" Sammer told TZ: "We are under no pressure because of the current squad, but we are not walking around blindly, because we're happy that we won some titles. We are on guard when it matters."
Guardiola ruled out a move for Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria on Thursday, while he added that Bastian Schweinsteiger -- a target for United boss Louis van Gaal -- remains part of his plans for next season.