Dani Alves asks Diego Costa to abandon Spain call up and have faith in Brazil
Barcelona fullback Dani Alves has advised compatriot Diego Costa against switching allegiances to Spain. Alves has warned Costa against advances from Spain suggesting he might later regret his decision to leave behind the Celeste.
Costa changed his nationality to Spanish in September 2013. The Brazil-born has impressed the Spanish Football Federation with his goalscoring from for Atletico Madrid. Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque is reportedly eager to give the striker a chance in his first-team.
Costa played in two friendly games for Brazil back in March 2013. However, after not receiving a call up from the national side for the Confederations Cup this summer, Costa decided to pursue his career with Spain, a place where he has been playing and living since 2007.
Paperwork came in between uniting Costa with Del Bosque under La Furia Roja colors for the World Cup qualifiers this week. Costa, who is La Liga’s current top goal scorer, is expected to receive a call up soon enough.
Meanwhile, Alves has told reporters from Brazil’s training camp that Costa still has time to change his mind about playing for Spain.
“I ask Diego Costa to take the decision with a cool head, because he would also be an important player for Brazil,” Alves said. “He is not pichichi of La Liga for nothing. These decisions are very personal and whatever Diego Costa decides must be respected, but I would suggest he thinks coolly because he cannot later turn back.”
Alves revealed that he hadn’t had direct contact with Costa. The Brazilian right back said that he had faced a similar dilemma in the past and was happy to have chosen the country of his birthplace.
“I have not spoken with Diego Costa about this decision because I do not want to interfere,” Alves said. “Diego will know what is the best for him. If, in the end, he decides to play for Spain, we must respect that. The same happened to me in 2006, when I was at Sevilla, and I decided to play for the team of my own country.”