'100% committed' - Spanish international praises Chelsea's Diego Costa

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Juanfran has backed Diego Costa’s absence from the Spanish international set-up.

Costa was left out of Vicente Del Bosque’s squad for the upcoming fixtures with Belarus and Germany, along with his Chelsea teammate Cesc Fabregas.

Unlike Fabregas, who turned up for selection, only to ruled out upon medical examination, Costa reportedly never left training with the Blues to link up with the squad, and his decision to select club over country has caused much criticism in the Spanish press. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos expressed his belief that Costa was feigning injury to be fit for the return of the Premier League, and his opinion seems to ring true following Blues head coach Jose Mourinho’s comments throughout the last international break - in which Costa was injured playing for Spain.

The former Atletico Madrid striker’s commitment to his adopted country has come under scrutiny, having chosen Spain ahead of Brazil prior to the World Cup, but international teammate - and former teammate with Atleti - Juanfran has backed Costa amongst the criticism.

Speaking to Spanish media outlet AS, Juanfran praised the 26-year-old’s commitment to his country, using his desire to play in the Champions League final for Atleti despite a serious injury as a prime example of his determination to always play.

The full-back said: “It’s not true when they say he’s not committed.

“Every couple of days Diego and I are in touch and he’s very proud to be part of the national team set-up. Not only for the decision he made in choosing Spain, fully knowing how difficult the decision could prove for his family.

“Imagine a Spain vs. Brazil game and we win.

“He’s 100% committed to the Spanish national team. He wanted to play but is carrying a slight injury.

“I’ve rarely seen a player as determined as he is. Just remember the Champions League final.

“He needs to be given a vote of confidence. Diego’s commitment was and is unquestionable for La Roja.”

Juanfran’s words will be welcome news to Costa, who has stayed out of the row concerning his so-called ‘injury’, with training at Stamford Bridge still on-going. Whilst it may be true that his injury has kept him out of action with La Roja, it would not be a surprise to see him leading the West Londoners strike force when the Premier League returns next week - with the Blues hosting West Bromwich Albion on November 22.

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