Costa: Scolari didn’t call

Diego Costa has disputed the claim of Brazil Coach Felipe Scolari that he was contacted to play for Brazil before deciding to represent Spain.

Marca reports that Scolari had suggested he was in contact with Costa to convince him to play for the country of his birth, not his adopted homeland.

Costa made two friendly appearances for Brazil before switching to Spain, featuring for the first time earlier this year in a friendly against Italy, who were also the opposition for his first game for Brazil.

“Scolari has never called me by phone,” Costa said. “The only Coach I’ve spoken to is [Vicente] Del Bosque, who cared for me, invited me for lunch and let me know he wanted me.

“I’m Brazilian and this will not change, but I want to win the World Cup with Spain.”

Costa has been struggling for fitness prior to the tournament after picking up an injury towards the end of the season, but confirmed he was feeling good and ready for action.

“Physically I’m fine, wanting to play,” he said.

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