‘No Brazil-Spain dispute over Costa’

Vicente del Bosque has looked to play down reports of a growing tug of war between Brazil and Spain over Diego Costa.

With the 25-year-old now eligible for selection for either international team, reports are speculating as to the motivations of the Spanish Football Federation and Brazilian Football Confederation.

However, La Roja’s head Coach has looked to ease the sense of pressure surrounding the Atletico Madrid man.

“We have plenty of time. The Diego Costa case is not a dispute between Brazil and Spain,” Del Bosque has told reporters at an event in Las Palmas this Friday.

“We have acted over a player eligible for the national team and as with all players, we have done as we have had to.

“Now it is a personal decision for the player, who will need to decide freely. There is no dispute between the two countries. There is nothing being put forward by anyone.

“Yes there was a meeting with the player to determine what he is like as a person, so that he got to meet us and we reached an agreement, but it was not decisive.

“He has to assess the options that he has, but we do not want to put pressure on him.”

Del Bosque turned his attention to David Silva’s return to prominence with the national team. The Manchester City man has in previous years been critical of a lack of playing time with La Roja.

“There was no friction. Fortunately, for a long time, there has been a great atmosphere in the group. And if we can continue like this then we will be closer to enjoying further success.

“Around a footballer there are those who advise them and sometimes they are wrong. But all players have had exemplary conduct, including David Silva.

“There is a lot of competition and this is a group of high quality, decisions are tough.”

The 62-year-old was asked of Fernando Llorente’s situation at Juventus, where he is struggling for regular game time.

“I worry about all those who do not play regularly. We are experiencing a phenomenon where a lot of our players are moving abroad.

“It is not harmful, it enriches us, but there are players in great teams that face a lot of competition.”

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