Will the Blues striker really go against his club manager’s word?
Chelsea hitman Diego Costa has risked the wrath of Jose Mourinho by declaring that he’d like to play for Spain, despite his club manager claiming he’s not fit enough to do so.
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“I hope I am okay to go with Spain,” Costa told Spanish daily Marca after Tuesday’s 1-0 Champions League victory over Sporting Lisbon.
“If I played 90 minutes it is clear that I am fine, I am feeling better all the time, and it is the boss’s [Vicente Del Bosque’s] decision.”
“During the week I am working in an intensive way with the physios, because I have some issues from a while back,” he added.
Naturally, following Costa’s eight goal Premier League start, Mourinho was keen for his £32m summer signing to withdraw from international duty while he works on a completely recovering from a lingering hamstring injury.
“Playing on Saturday, three days is not enough for him to recover. He will play against City but he cannot play against Bolton (in the League Cup) next week, that’s for sure,” the maverick boss said a fortnight back.