What We're Reading

Costa Omitted from Spain Squad

  • Goal.com, Friday, November 7, 2014 12:49 PM
Vicente del Bosque has decided not to call up Chelsea striker Diego Costa for Spain’s games against Belarus and Germany for the international break beginning next week, the national team coach confirmed on Thursday, citing fitness reasons, which is strange because Blues coach Jose Mourinho on Friday confirmed that Costa would start Saturday’s Premier League clash against Liverpool at Anfield. Even so, Mourinho, who claims he had nothing to do with del Bosque’s decision, is not complaining.

"I’m pleased [that he isn't part of del Bosque's squad], but I want to make it clear that I did nothing to make that happen,” the Chelsea coach said. "As a consequence of the work we are doing with him, we think he’s ready to start the match tomorrow -- but obviously not to join the international team.” He added: "Now he has 15 days to finally rest, work, rest and work, properly. It’s fantastic news for us. We are thankful for the decision the Spanish federation made, but I want to make it clear I did nothing to make it happen."

However, despite the Portuguese’s claims to the contrary, del Bosque on Thursday revealed that his staff made the decision alongside Mourinho’s medical staff: "We are not calling [Costa] up for fitness reasons," del Bosque said. "We have reached a decision with Chelsea's medical staff that we will take a break due to his groin issues. It has nothing to do with whether he later plays for his club. He always wants to come with us, but we have spoken and this is the best for his health."

Read the whole story at Goal.com »

Next story loading loading..

Discover Our Publications