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I miss Morata, says recalled Costa

21 March 2018 16:36

Diego Costa has offered his support to struggling Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata and hopes the pair will link up with Spain again in the near future.

Morata was left out by coach Julen Lopetegui for the forthcoming friendly doubleheader against Germany and Argentina with Costa instead preferred after impressing on his return to Atletico Madrid.

Costa has scored six goals in 14 appearances for Atletico after the club's transfer ban expired in January, allowing him to complete his move from Chelsea, while Morata - effectively Costa's replacement at Stamford Bridge - netted his first goal since Boxing Day in Sunday's FA Cup win at Leicester City.

Despite that dip in form, Costa has backed Morata to come good.

He told a news conference: "I miss Morata, we have a great relationship. He is a great person and a great player. He is having a bad time but is starting to score goals again.

"Hopefully we can play together because competition with him is not a problem. The pressure [for him] is the same, being a striker in the national team means a lot."

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