‘Diego Costa a defender in attack’

Jorge Valdano has mused on what Diego Costa would bring to the Spanish national team, remarking on how he looks like ‘a defender playing in attack’.

The Brazilian-born Atletico Madrid forward has been confirmed by the Spanish Football Federation as ready to commit to La Roja, even as paperwork prevents a call-up for this month’s qualifiers.

Whilst there is the delay and debate continues on Spain’s decision to go for the 24-year-old, he has received backing from Valdano.

“He would be a complement to the passing game of Spain,” considered the former Real Zaragoza and Real Madrid striker on El Larguero this week.

“There is plenty of time between now and the World Cup to fit a striker like Diego into the team.

“He is a defender playing in attack, I have never seen a forward fight so much.”

Valdano also mused on the current situation at Real Madrid, where an indifferent start to life under Carlo Ancelotti prompted a players’ meeting this week.

“Ancelotti is still testing things out, he is still in that stage and the process of looking at everything is not yet over.

“I am satisfied that when things do not work, the players come together and take responsibility.”

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