Chelsea striker Diego Costa is AWOL in Brazil after insisting he won’t return to Chelsea as he wants a transfer to La Liga side Atletico Madrid.
Spain manager Julen Lopetegui has warned Costa he has to be playing regular football if he is to have any hope of making Spain’s squad for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.
“Costa’s summer has been unusual, strange, complicated – not just for him but for his club,” Lopetegui told beIN Sports.
“He is still a Chelsea player. It’s a complicated issue.
“Our hope is that he will resolve his situation as soon as possible and that he can compete, train and play, which is what he likes doing the most and what interests the national team.
“It’s rather complicated that a guy who doesn’t train and doesn’t play can be with us, but that’s all it is.
“He wasn’t ready to play with us (against Italy and Liechtenstein), that was the reality and what we had to deal with. That is the reason why he wasn’t with us.
“He needs to train and play in order to be considered.”