Costa wants Spain call despite Chelsea concern

Diego Costa wants to be involved for Spain in the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers despite Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insisting he should be allowed to rest a muscle injury, Football Espana has reported.

Mourinho has claimed Costa is unable to train fully due to the problem and believes that if the striker is left out of La Roja’s squad to play Slovakia and Luxembourg. “I think he has the perfect chance to be on top form for both Chelsea and Spain,” Mourinho said, advocating a rest period for the former Atletico Madrid striker.

However, Costa has asked Mourinho and Spain Coach Vicente Del Bosque to settle their differences over the matter, having been the centre of a furore involving his decision to represent Spain and not his native Brazil.

“I don’t think it will happen [a war of words between Mourinho and Del Bosque]. I had enough of that issue with Brazil,” Costa said. “Now I want to be left alone to do my work and play well, for both Chelsea and Spain.

“I hope I’m well enough to join up with Spain and I played 90 minutes [against Sporting Lisbon], so it’s obvious that I’m okay,” he continued. “I’m feeling better all the time and it’s Del Bosque’s decision if he wants to pick me.

“Nonetheless, I’m still suffering from some physical discomfort and during the week I’ve been working intensively with the physios.”

Costa moved from Atletico to Chelsea over the summer, having helped Los Colchoneros to the Spanish title and Champions League final. Costa’s Chelsea career has started with eight goals in as many appearances for the Blues.

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