Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Diego Costa is “turning his back” on his country of birth after declaring to play for Spain.
The Atletico Madrid striker officially ended the drawn-out saga of his international future after legal documents, expressing his desire to represent the reigning world champions, had been sent to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).
And Scolari quickly reacted to the 25-year-old’s decision by immediately dropping him from his provisional squad for next month’s friendlies.
“A Brazilian player who rejects the chance to wear the Brazil shirt and play at a World Cup in his country can only be automatically withdrawn from the squad,” said Scolari in an official statement.
“He’s turning his back on something millions dream of doing: playing for the five-time world champions at a World Cup in Brazil.”
However, CBF president José María Marín is not giving up Costa without a fight, declaring legal action may prevent the player from making the switch.
“We’re going to fight as far as we consider is best for Brazil. The CBF does not consider the case to be closed,” he said.