Diego Costa has reflected on his call-up to the Brazil squad and made clear that he will not be changing his style of play.
The striker has drawn attention this year for his form in front of goal for Atletico Madrid and also his ability to get under the skin of opponents, with notable clashes in games against Real Betis and Sevilla standing as recent examples.
However, in reflecting on his first call-up to the Brazilian national team, in the week that it was suggested Spain might consider him, Costa has declared that he won’t be changing his style for anyone.
“I do not feel persecuted by the referees. I’m not going to change my game. What I do know is that I am uncomfortable for opponents,” reflected the Atleti forward to reporters today.
“The call-up is the best thing that can happen in your career. They have called me because I have been doing things right, but also because Atletico are doing very well.
“This is the best time of my career. I have to attempt to make the most of this opportunity.
“Spain is a country that has given me a lot and if I had been called up for them then it would have been an honour, but Brazil are my country and I am very happy.
“Scolari called me a while ago and asked me if I would play, and he said he would call me soon, telling me to keep doing things right.”