Arsenal's Santi Cazorla predicts Chelsea star Diego Costa to shine on international duty

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla and Chelsea’s Diego Costa are on international duty for Spain.

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has told Estadio Deportivo that Chelsea star Diego Costa is in fine form and has tipped the striker for big success on the international stage.

The Brazilian-born ace opted to switch allegiances to Spain ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a decision which caused plenty of controversy and talk in the press.

Costa’s endured a poor World Cup, but his ensuing debut campaign with the Blues was a big success, with Jose Mourinho’s men securing a Premier League and League Cup double.

Speaking ahead of their upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier, Cazorla stated that he believes that his international teammate is finally ready to perform in Spanish colours and has predicted him to become a key first-team member.

“I am speaking with Diego a lot these days and he told me he finds himself in good condition, where before he often arrived with injury problems and not in his best shape,” Cazorla explained to Estadio Deportivo.

“Now we will see the real Diego Costa. He’s very comfortable in the group, he is going to be a fundamental player for the national team and I hope he scores plenty of goals.”

Costa's record stands at just one goal in seven appearances for La Roja, some contrast to the 21 Premier League goals he has notched in 29 league appearances since moving to Stamford Bridge.

His strength, power, aggression and attitude makes him an ideal player for a Jose Mourinho side, although question marks remain over his ability to shine in a more technical environment.

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