La Liga top scorer is in line to make his Roja bow next month.
Atletico de Madrid’s Brazil-born front man Diego Costa is set to turn his back on the nation of his birth and represent Spain at the next summer’s World Cup finals in his homeland, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The prolific striker was born in Lagarto in Brazil, however, the 25-year-old has actually spent his entire professional playing career to date in Europe, with Costa having so far represented the likes of Portuguese outfit Braga and both Real Valladolid and Atletico in La Liga.
However, despite having actually turned out twice for the five-time world champions so far during his international career, both of those appearances came in friendlies, meaning that now Costa has been living in Spain for more than five years, he is eligible to play for La Roja should head coach Vincente del Bosque opt to call the forward up for a competitive fixture.
And if that were the case, and then Costa accepted the call by publicly declaring his wish to play for Spain and not Brazil – the player currently holds passports for both countries – the present tug of war for his services between the two nations would be over.
As a result, del Bosque has now confirmed that he does intend to give Costa his Spain debut in November, with the attacker himself said to be willing to swap allegiances and become Spanish.