Spain pressure Brazil for Diego Costa

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has sent a second request to their Brazilian counterparts for clarification over Diego Costa.

The RFEF are demanding a certificate, at FIFA’s insistence, stating that the Atletico Madrid striker has not appeared in any official match in any category for Brazil, a pre-requisite for him being called up for Spain.

A first request to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) was made on October 4 and the RFEF, who are yet to receive a reply, have contacted FIFA to for advice on the matter, according to AS.

It is understood FIFA indicated that another request to the CBF be issued and if a reply was not forthcoming then world football’s governing body would personally intervene and demand the document.

La Roja boss Vicente del Bosque has made it clear he will consider the 25-year-old for his squad, as he is now a nationalised Spaniard having spent the necessary five years in Spain, and Diego Costa himself has indicated his willingness, but the general feeling is that the Brazilians are trying to buy time.

La Canarinha boss Luis Felipe Scolari is believed to want to wait until after his country’s two friendly matches this week – against Korea on Saturday and Zambia on Tuesday – before travelling to Europe to try and convince the player to represent the country of his birth.

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