Scolari refuses to rule out Costa call up
Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has insisted he will select any player who is ‘legally allowed’ to represent A Seleção at next summer’s World Cup.
"I'm the Brazil coach and in May I'm going to pick my squad for the World Cup, and I will decide the squad on my own terms,” he told Globoesporte, as reported by AS.
“Every Brazilian player has a chance of being called up. That's my project, that's my job. Any Brazilian footballer who is legally allowed to play for the team could be called up.”
While not naming Diego Costa directly, Scolari’s comments were undoubtedly directed at the forward.
The 64 year-old has previously remained reserved when questioned on Costa’s plan to switch allegiance to Spain.
But his most recent comments suggest Scolari is ready to fight for a player he has already capped twice, albeit in non-competitive matches - against Russia and Italy earlier this year.
If Costa does represent Spain, he could technically still revert back to Brazil for the World Cup, as La Furia Roja have no competitive games ahead of the tournament to secure his services.