Diego Costa: Choice an honour

Diego Costa has reflected on how he may have the choice between representing Brazil or Spain at international level soon.

The striker has already played in 2013 for Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team and the country of his birth, but the Spanish Football Federation are seen this week to have sought clarification from FIFA that he remains eligible for selection for La Roja.

With the Atletico Madrid man left out of the latest Brazil squad, speculation is mounting that a call from Vicente del Bosque is imminent.

“No-one has contacted me. How would I say no to a national team Coach? I will select wherever I think I will be at ease,” mused Costa to La Sexta this week.

“I am privileged if someday I can choose between these two great teams. Scolari has his preferred team and Spain has their XI. It is more difficult for a player who has never been called up to do so. And with players like Negredo, Soldado and Villa, even more so. Spain have the best and it is very difficult.

“No-one has contacted me. I have heard the rumours but I am not losing sleep. I’m relaxed, if one day I am asked, I will think about it. Of course it is an honour that Spain may consider me, but I do not give it more thought. Now I am focused on Saturday’s derby.”

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