The Spanish national team will be facing Italy and Albania in this round of the European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, and while Chelsea have become used to having three or even four representatives in La Furia Roja, this time around, only striker Diego Costa has been called up.
Upon his arrival at Spain's training camp in Madrid, journalists gathered, hoping for a juicy quote or two. Sure enough, Costa was asked by Goal.com reporter Alberto Piñero about Atlético Madrid topping the Spanish league table at the start of the season, and whether he misses Spain, in general. Thibaut Courtois got into a bit of hot water in a similar situation just recently, so let’s see how Costa handled things.
Costa: "Siempre sigo al Atleti. Me alegro por su liderato. No me sorprende, es un club muy muy grande. ¿Morriña? Estoy feliz en Londres" pic.twitter.com/kz220JxsF5— Alberto Piñero (@pineroalberto) October 3, 2016
"I always follow what Atlético are doing. I'm very happy for them now that they are leaders in La Liga. It doesn't surprise me. It's a big, big club. If I miss Spain? A little bit, but I'm very happy in London"
Same old, same old then. Until Costa retires at Chelsea or returns to Madrid, these questions will continue to be asked, and this same answer will probably continue to be given.
For now, his contract is with Chelsea and he’s scoring more goals than anyone in the Premier League. Long may this continue.