Diego Costa to represent Spain
Atlético Madrid striker Diego Costa has officially rejected a call-up from Brazil; confirming he will instead represent Spain.
The 25-year-old has been at the centre of a tug-of-war between Spain and the Seleção and was handed a call-up by Luiz Felipe Scolari for his native country’s upcoming friendlies with Honduras and Chile in November.
But after weeks of speculation, Costa, who was granted Spanish citizenship in July, has confirmed he is to represent Spain by signing an official declaration, revealed in statement on the national side's official website, reports Goal.com.
"On the morning of Tuesday, November 29, the Brazilian-Spanish player Diego Da Silva Costa "Diego Costa" has come to the notice Serrano 30, where he proceeded to sign a letter which states his intention to play for Spain.
"The letter was given to D. Julio Cesar Avelleda, secretary general of the Confederation Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), and confirms his desire to be available to the Spanish national coach Vicente del Bosque, as of right now.
"Thus, Diego Costa will play for Spain in the next games for the month of November, if deemed appropriate by the national team coach."