Real Madrid star denies criticising Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa

Sergio Ramos says he did not attack the commitment Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas have toward their national team.

The current Spanish national team currently consists of one Chelsea player, Cesar Azpilicueta. However, if you believe the rumour mill, only Jose Mourinho stands between that total being three.

Diego Costa was left out of the team to rest his continual injury problems. Meanwhile, Cesc Fabregas also pulled out through injury, although is set to return for Chelsea's next fixture.

The withdrawals certainly sparked some cynicism around Spain - with some suggesting Chelsea were simply flexing their muscles after the fallout of Costa's last call-up.

Then came yesterday's debacle involving Spain and Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos. He was reported to have questioned their loyalty for the national team in an interview, with reports that this was indeed his suggestion doing the rounds across Spain.

The Chelsea pair will however be relieved to hear that Ramos has now made his original comments clear - which they had previously not been.

Ramos told Spanish television last night:

"I underlined the commitment that there should be in the national team, not that the two of them don’t have it. Far from it."

Spain take on Belarus and Germany during the international break and will hope to claim victory without the services of two of three Chelsea players.

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