Brazil 2014: Costa denies he was offered World Cup chance with Brazil

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By Tim Hanlon

BARCELONA – Spain striker Diego Costa has refuted Luiz Felipe Scolari’s claims that he contacted him over playing the World Cup for the host nation.

The -born forward chose represent Spain, where he plays his club football Atletico Madrid, and made his debut for the team in a friendly against Italy last March.

He a revelation in La Liga last season, hitting 36 goals, as Atletico won the league and reached the final, and he be an important addition Spain’s armoury as they look retain the World Cup.

Costa said that Spain Vicente Del Bosque convinced him play for the reigning world champions while Scolari never approached him.

“Scolari never called me by telephone. The only that Ispoke Del Bosque who showed interest in me, invited me for a meal and made me realise that I in his plans,” Costa told reporters in Washington, where Spain are preparing for the World Cup.

“I am Brazilian and that is not going to change but I want to the World Cup Spain.”

Costa responding to comments by Scolari who said that he wanted the striker to play for .

“I was going to call him up for the World Cup. Was I wrong? I don’t know,” Scolari told O Estado de Sao Paulo. “He would be at the World Cup with Brazil. I spoke to him two times about it.

“The problem is that there are interests behind everything. With Diego Costa a Spanish citizen it opens doors in Europe.” (Reuters)