Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has accused national team bosses of being selfish in the way they treat players such as Diego Costa, the Spain international who has been the subject of a row between Mourinho and La Roja Coach Vicente Del Bosque, ESPN
Costa is to miss the Blues’ Champions League game against Maribor on Tuesday, having also sat out the weekend win over Crystal Palace with a thigh problem. But Costa did feature twice for his adopted country over the international break, scoring his first Spain goal against Luxembourg, but returned to Stamford Bridge carrying a knock.
“It’s up to them, to take care of players, or be selfish. I don’t tell players not to [with their national teams],” Mourinho said. “I stimulate players to go – I like players to go. We like our players to succeed in national teams and play in big competitions, like the European Championships and World Cup, so we are always positive about our players to go.
“Sometimes you have national Coaches and medical departments that want to establish a relationship and they are interested in the players, their physical condition, their habits,” he continued.
“Some others they simply don’t care. This is not something we can resolve. I cannot ring the federations and say I want to speak to the Coach, or the doctor wants to speak to their doctor. It’s something I cannot resolve.
“I had in my career others in permanent contact. I have others where, year after year, I don’t have a single SMS or phone call. From our point of view, we will keep our way of thinking or feel for the national teams. Players should be proud to play for national teams.”
Asked if there had been any contact with Del Bosque, Mourinho confirmed there had not. “It hurts, but we have to live with this situation. I don’t say it’s compulsory for players to come back in good conditions,” he added.
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