Spain national team boss Vicente del Bosque believes that Diego Costa’s form for Chelsea has helped him win over the critics from supporters and the Spanish press.
The Brazilian-born striker came under a heavy fire earlier this year when he publicly announced his decision to represent Spain instead of his native Brazil.
In one particular incident at Valencia’s Mestalla stadium last season, the Blues’ top scorer was the subject of heavy abuse from the home crowd prompting the Spanish press to question his decision.
Costa’s early performances for La Roja certainly didn’t help his cause as he set an unwanted goal drought record, but fortunately it came in stark contrast to his form at Stamford Bridge.
The 26-year-old has started life at Chelsea with a bang, showing why Mourinho was so willing to splash the cash for him by firing in nine Premier League goals in just seven appearances.
His displays in West London was looked upon in Spain as encouragement as national team boss Del Bosque explains his ordeal for the national team.
"Costa's case is a very special one. At the beginning there were people who didn't want him to play because he is a foreigner, he wasn't born here,” he is quoted as saying by Spanish publication AS.
“Then, his performances, for one reason or another, were not what was hoped for, because he either came to us with injuries or in a busy period of the season. We didn't see the Costa that we have all seen.
“When he moved to England, he showed that he is an important player, valued and respected. He wants to play for Spain, and to be useful. I have every confidence that it will all work out."