Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has made a statement with his omission of in-form Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata.

The Sun says it was only right that Chelsea would ask for him to be rested from a friendly in Saudi Arabia and also the World Cup win against Georgia a few weeks back. Del Bosque granted Chelsea and Mata's wish but his response was not long in coming though.

But Del Bosque's message was clear - now Mata has to try that bit harder to get back in his squad.