Valdano lauds Costa suitability for Spain
Former Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano believes Diego Costa would be an excellent fit for Spain.
The Atlético de Madrid forward confirmed this week that he is open to playing at international level for La Furia Roja, rather than Brazil - his country of birth.
Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque was unable to select Costa for this month’s World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and Georgia, with FIFA delaying confirmation of the 24 year-old’s switch of allegiance.
Should Costa turnout for Spain, as expected, Valdano expects him to be a more than useful addition to del Bosque’s plans.
“He would be a complement to the passing game of Spain,” the 58 year-old said on El Larguero this week, as reported by Football Espana.
“There is plenty of time between now and the World Cup to fit a striker like Diego into the team.
“He is a defender playing in attack, I have never seen a forward fight so much.”
Ironically, Costa could make his debut in Spain’s March friendly against Italy - a country he has already faced playing for Brazil.
The former Rayo Vallecano striker also featured in the Seleção’s 1-1 draw with Russia earlier this year. But having not played competitively for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side - he was overlooked for the Confederations Cup - Costa can switch nationalities.
Neither Brazil nor Spain will be able to secure him until the 2014 World Cup - the next time both sides play competitively.