Azpilicueta defends Chelsea boss Mourinho over Spain dispute

Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that he did not come under any pressure from manager Jose Mourinho to pull out of international duty with Spain, the London Evening Standard has reported.

The former Marseille star has linked up with his national team for the week, but his fellow countrymen and Chelsea teammates Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have not been part of the setup due to respective hamstring injuries, but some have questioned Mourinho’s influence over the duo not being available to Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque.

Mourinho has been in a row recently with Del Bosque over the treatment of Costa, who the Portuguese believes has been given too much playing time for Spain, which resulted in the 26-year-old aggravating an injury which kept him out of recent fixtures, such as the 1-1 draw at Manchester United.

But Azpilicueta has defended Mourinho, insisting that he had no say over his participation for Spain. He said: “Did Mourinho pressure me? No. He knows that I’m always thrilled to come play for Spain. When the squad is announced, I’m overjoyed and when I’m with Chelsea, I give my all.

“I don’t know anything [about Cesc or Costa] and I’m speaking for myself. It’s a controversial topic, everyone has their own thoughts. What I see is that they’ve always shown the utmost commitment whenever they’ve been here.”

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