Diego Costa admits to carrying problems ahead of international duty

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has conceded that he's carrying a niggling injury problem into Spain's European Championship qualifying double-header, but is adamant Blues Jose Mourinho made no attempt to stop him joining La Roja.

Costa has made an outstanding start to life in the Premier League despite a long-standing hamstring problem that Mourinho has lamented at every possible opportunity, scoring nine goals in as many games for the Blues to more than justify a £32m summer switch from Atletico Madrid.

Mourinho has every right to be nervous about Costa's call-up to the Spain squad for fixtures against Slovakia and Luxembourg, but the £185,000-a-week star has insisted that he won't get involved in a tug-of-war between club and country and plans to play for both at every opportunity.

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Mourinho silence helps avoid Del Bosque row

In an interview with El Comercio the feared forward explained: "I don't want to be in the middle (of Spain and Chelsea). Mourinho has not told me anything.

"I'm here ready to play. I've had some problems but it's getting better. I've already played three games in a week and the coach (Vincente Del Bosque) knows that I carry some problems but I will treat them during the week."

Chelsea fans have a new hero ready to fire them to the Premier League title on current form, but Costa is yet to show that kind of ruthless streak for Spain.

Redemption for La Roja must be a huge target

The 25-year-old has still not scored for La Roja in a competitive game and looked well short of his best at the World Cup, largely failing to justify a controversial decision to choose Spain over his native Brazil at international level.

Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has a variety of attacking options available but has clearly has faith in Costa to put things right at international level, with a relatively pain-free route to Euro 2016 surely giving the imposing forward the perfect opportunity to do just that if he stays fit.

Chelsea fans will just be hoping the Premier League's top scorer returns unscathed from international duty to maintain his tremendous start to the campaign, which continued with a clinical finish from close range against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.

The Blues have a pair of away games looming large for which they'll definitely need Costa's physical presence too, clashes against Crystal Palace and Man United which will test their title credentials to the full.

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