"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."