Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit back at Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, after he made comments about the fitness of Spain duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa.
Mourinho has suggested that there are ‘double standards’ when it comes to players missing international matches for their countries, following his duo's withdrawal from international duty last week.
Fabregas and Costa both pulled out of the Spain squad for matches against Belarus and Germany after being assessed by the Chelsea club doctor, with hamstring and groin injuries respectively. Costa was allowed to stay in West London in search of full fitness, but Fabregas had to travel to Spain for a check with La Roja's medical staff before eventually being ruled out.
Mourinho was quick to squash the claims made by his former player a Madrid, who openly questioned whether Fabregas and Costa deserved a coveted place in Spain's squad considering their commitment to the cause.
The Blues boss said: “Since I’ve known Sergio Ramos he has been a fantastic football player, but he is not a doctor.
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“My doctor and the doctor of the Spanish national team, they had the scans and they decided that the players were not in the condition to play. I am nobody to go against it and I don’t think Sergio did a medicine masters in the last couple of years to understand about it.”
Is Kompany a 'cheat'?
Mourinho went on to question why his team are receiving queries about their players being withdrawn from international duty, when others are not.
He was curious as to why no one has asked about Vincent Kompany missing Belgium’s European Qualifier against Wales, yet was deemed fit enough to play at the weekend versus Swansea.
“He is the captain of Belgium, did he, how do you say, ‘cheat’ by not playing against Wales to play against Swansea? I don’t think he did. So we all accept that he was injured.”