Dani Alves urges Diego Costa to reconsider international allegiance
Barcelona defender Daniel Alves has urged Diego Costa to strongly reconsider his decision to represent Spain over Brazil.
The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) announced earlier this month that the Atlético Madrid striker, who was born in Brazil but has gained Spanish citizenship, has accepted an invitation to play for the World and European champions.
However, Alves believes the striker should think long and hard before following through on his decision to turn his back on the land of his birth, reports Goal.com.
"I would ask Diego Costa to make his decision with a cool head because he would also be an important player for Brazil," the 30-year-old is quoted as saying by AS.
"It's not for nothing that he is the top scorer in La Liga.
"These decisions are very personal and you have to respect whatever Diego Costa decides.
"But, again, I would suggest he thinks coolly before making a decision he can't go back on.
"I have not spoken to Diego Costa about this decision because I do not want to interfere. Diego will know what is best for him.
"But, if in the end he decides to play with Spain, we will have to respect that.
"I, myself, went through this experience in 2006 when I was at Sevilla but I decided to play for my country."
Alves spent six seasons at Sevilla before joining Barcelona in the summer of 2008.