Cesc Fabregas has revealed he was forced to hold showdown talks with Spain international team-mate Sergio Ramos after he questioned the Chelsea star's commitment to the national team.
The Chelsea star was forced to pull out of Spain's matches against Belarus and Germany earlier this month after suffering an apparent hamstring injury. He joined Blues team-mate Diego Costa on the sidelines despite Vicente Del Bosque claiming little was wrong with the pair.
Both players were ever-presents in the game leading up to the international break, leading to Ramos's suggestion that the two were prioritising their new club over their country.
"Above all I would have liked the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club." - Sergio Ramos
He told reporters earlier this month: "Above all I would have liked the players to show the same commitment to the national team as they do to their club.
"You must communicate this commitment and spirit to all the new players. Whether you club pays, or the national team."
Those comments irked Fabregas, who signed a £200,000-a-week deal with Chelsea in the summer, and he was determined to bury the hatchet with a player he has developed with since youth level.
"I felt that I was the one being alluded to and I already told Sergio what I thought." - Cesc Fabregas
Fabregas hit back: "I felt that I was the one being alluded to and I already told Sergio what I thought. We spoke by telephone and everything is fine.
"It pisses you off when your commitment is questioned, of course it pisses you off. There have been a lot of matches and training camps I have turned up for without playing.
"I have made 94 appearances for Spain and for nine years I have always come, always. And with a smile from ear to ear. I said to Ramos he can call me on the telephone and say it to my face. I told him we have been playing together since the under-21s and there is no need to send messages in the media."
Mourinho has certainly benefitted from Fabregas and Costa resting for the duration of the international break. The midfielder grabbed an assists–his tenth of the season–against West Brom while Diego Costa scored his 11th Premier League goal.
The pair, signed from Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in summer respectively, have become key to Mourinho's system, which has helped them attain a six-point advantage after just 12 games.