The Chelsea midfielder insists he was injured for Spain’s recent matches against Belarus and Germany and instructed his compatriot to call him next time he has an issue
Cesc Fabregas admits he was annoyed with Spain team-mate Sergio Ramos for insinuating his absence from last week’s international matches was due to a lack of commitment.
The Chelsea midfielder missed the European champions’ matches against Belarus and Germany with a hamstring strain and Ramos was quoted as saying certain players should show greater commitment to the Spanish cause.
The Real Madrid defender later claimed his accusation was not aimed at Fabregas, but the former Arsenal captain revealed he took offence to the comments nonetheless and instructed Ramos to call him next time he had an issue rather than run to the media.
“Yes, I felt offended, and told Sergio how I felt,” he told Cadena Cope. “We eventually spoke on the phone and all is fine.
“It really irked me that my level of commitment was doubted. I’ve played many times and been involved in call-ups without playing. I’ve played 94 games for Spain over the past nine years.
“I had tendinitis in my left hamstring. If I played I could have ended up with an injury not to dissimilar to that of Modric.
“I told Ramos at the time that if he has something to say to me then he should pick up the phone and call and not send messages via the media. We’ve been playing together since we were in the Under-21 team together.”
Spain are not due back in action until March 27 when they face Ukraine in a Euro 2016 qualifier.