Jose: I'm 'nobody' if Spain want to pick Costa
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has bemoaned his inability to stop Spain from picking Diego Costa.
With seven goals from five English Premier League appearances, the Brazil-born player looks set to be the key to the Blues' quest for silverware this season after answering the club's long-standing striker problem.
But his fitness has prevented Mourinho from playing the striker twice in one week.
Costa's fitness could be tested with Spain set to play back-to-back Euro 2016 qualifiers with Slovakia on Oct 9 and Luxembourg just three days later, leading to Mourinho's latest lament.
When asked if he would prefer if Costa did not play for his country, the Portuguese tactician said: "Everyone knows Diego has been in trouble for quite a long time, but I'm nobody to make that decision.
"Everybody knows what is going on with Diego but I am nobody. The moment a national team wants to select a Chelsea player, I am nobody.
"It is their decision – they can do what they want. They can call up the player, it is completely out of my control, and what I think and feel doesn’t play a part.
"We can send reports, but at the end of the day it is their call. It is their decision, so when they make the pre-selection everything is in their hands. I can do nothing."
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