The Brazilian-born striker has declared himself fit for Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers, against his manager’s wishes.
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Diego Costa has declared himself fit for Spain’s Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg, risking the wrath of his manager Jose Mourinho.
“I hope I am okay to go with Spain”, Costa told Spanish paper Marca after a dominant performance for Chelsea against Sporting Lisbon last night. “If I played 90 minutes it is clear that I am fine, I am feeling better all the time”.
Mourinho had previously insisted that Costa cannot play three times in a week due to the hamstring injury has plagued him since last season, and it was unsure if he would play against Sporting. When Mourinho revealed that he would start last night, he indicated that he knew Spain would pick the striker: “I have the feeling that next week he goes to the national team … they will not consider the fact he is in trouble”, the Chelsea boss said, in an attempt to apply pressure on Vicente del Bosque to give Costa a rest.
With Costa keen to play for his adopted country and Del Bosque apparently ready to pick him, Mourinho looks set to be frustrated; and, along with most Chelsea fans, will likely be wincing his way through both Costa’s games for Spain.