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Mourinho hits out at international managers who 'simply don't care' about injured players

Jose Mourinho at a press conference ahead of tomorrow's game against Maribor. Credit: PA

The Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit out at international managers after several of his players came back injured from last week's Euro 2016 qualifiers. He believes that some coaches ignore advice from clubs about players who are carrying injuries.

Diego Costa has scored nine Premier League goals for Chelsea this season. Credit: PA

He revealed today that striker Diego Costa will miss tomorrow's Champions League match against Maribor - the Spaniard was also unavailable for Saturday's win over Crystal Palace. In the past fortnight, Costa played twice for Spain even though Mourinho had warned that he risked picking up an injury.

Sometimes you have national coaches and medical departments that want to establish a relationship and they are interested in the players, their physical condition, their habits. Some others they simply don't care. You are not happy when you give players in good conditions and you receive the players in bad conditions.

– Jose Mourinho, Chelsea Manager


Diego Costa pulls out of Spain squad with hamstring injury

Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea's new striker Diego Costa has picked up a hamstring injury and had to pull out of the Spanish squad ahead their game on Monday. Costa, who has scored four goals in three Premier League games since he joined the Blues, has had problems with his hamstrings this year. In May, he was substituted in the Champions League Final after getting injured.

The Spanish Football Federation said that he had injured the hamstring in his left thigh and they would be sending images of the injury to Chelsea. The Blues' next game is on September 13th against Swansea.


Chelsea Football Club to honour Lord Attenborough

Players will hold a minute's silence on Saturday Credit: Chelsea F.C.

The passing of our much-loved Life President Lord Attenborough has greatly affected everyone, and Chelsea Football Club fully appreciates our supporters’ emotions at this time and your wish to pay tribute to the important part he played in our history.

At our next home game, against Swansea City on Saturday 13th September, there will be a minute’s appreciation prior to kick-off in honour of a great Chelsea fan who also served as a club director for 13 years. There will be tributes on the big screens and in the matchday programme.

A lasting memorial to Lord Attenborough’s support of Chelsea is also appropriate. In consultation with Lord Attenborough's family, the club will carefully consider the possibilities and suggestions for this to ensure the most suitable option is taken.

– Chelsea Football Club

AC Milan "optimistic" of signing Fernando Torres

Torres signed for Chelsea in 2011. Credit: PA

AC Milan have made an enquiry to Chelsea about signing Fernando Torres. The striker, who cost the Blues £50 million when he joined from Liverpool three years ago, is out of favour at Stamford Bridge and has yet to play for the first team this season.

Milan's administrator Adriano Galliani has said on the club's website they want to sign a forward and have contacted Chelsea:

We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting a response. We are optimistic.

– Adriano Galliani, AC Milan club administrator
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