Barcelona’s Dani Alves to ask Atlético Madrid’s Diego Costa to pick Brazil
News agency AS has reported that Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has asked the Brazilian full-back to ask the striker to reconsider his decision to represent Spain.
Diego Costa was born in Brazil but has repeatedly stated his intention to play for his adopted country. Having appeared for Brazil only in friendlies, he could switch his allegiance to Spain.
AS has reported that Scolari has sent Dani Alves to convince Costa to play for the South Americans at this year’s World Cup.
Scolari is thought to be concerned about a lack of options in attack with only Fred and Jô genuine candidates to play as the central striker.
Costa has 26 goals in 29 games this season and his presence in Brazil’s squad would go a long way towards easing the Scolari’s worries.
As recently as this week, however, Costa re-iterated his desire to play for Spain.
“I hope Vicente Del Bosque includes me in the list on Friday to play for Spain against Italy,” Costa is quoted as having said on Monday.
Scolari left Costa out of the Brazil squad for last year’s Confederations Cup while Del Bosque did include Costa in the Spain squad for a friendly with Equatorial Guinea, only for injury to force the forward’s withdrawal.