Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque has revealed why he didn’t call up Chelsea striker Diego Costa to his latest squad, reports the Daily Star.
Costa has been the star of Chelsea’s Premier League campaign so far, scoring 10 goals already this season.
But the summer signing from Atletico Madrid has also suffered a number of niggling injuries, and Del Bosque says that has been the reason behind the omission.
There have been tensions this week between Del Bosque and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, after Cesc Fabregas returned from international duty with an injury that was initially denied by the Spain boss.
Del Bosque has defended Fabregas, whilst insisting there was ‘no need’ to bring Costa to the squad for medical checks.
He said: “It was a normal week. I don’t know what else to say. The players have behaved extraordinarily.
“We’re sympathetic to the criticism but we move between athletes and have raw confidence. We’re not fooling anyone and if you think we’re trying to fool anyone, we’re not.
“Sergio left on his own because he was injured and we took him out in other times because we had discomfort. I trust the word of my players. We’ve worked well together for some six years, the way it has and should be done with human relationships.
“Busquets has trained well and his degree of commitment is the same as the others. Pique and Cesc have been with the national team since they were 21 and 17, respectively, they are sixty-something and ninety-something time internationals, they are Euro and World Cup champions and I trust them because they’ve been heroes.
“They have given us so much and I have no doubts about them. Diego Costa’s case is special. A groin injury can be crippling sometimes. He has slowed down his pace in training at his club and we decided not to call him up. Therefore, there was no reason to bring him to Madrid.
“If we doubted his commitment, that’d mean bad business. Diego, being a nationalised Brazilian, chose to play for Spain and has played injured for us.”