Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has rejected a call-up from Brazil and officially confirmed he will play international football for Spain.
The 25-year-old has been at the center of a tug-of-war between La Roja and the country of his birth and was handed a call-up by Luiz Felipe Scolari for Brazil's upcoming friendlies with Honduras and Chile in November.
But after weeks of speculation, Costa has confirmed his desire to represent Spain by signing an official declaration, revealed in statement on the official website of the Spanish national team on Tuesday.
Costa signed a letter in front of a notary Tuesday stating his intentinon to play for Vicente Del Bosque's team.
"The letter was given to D. Julio Cesar Avelleda, secretary general of the Confederation Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), and confirms his desire to be available to the Spanish national coach Vicente del Bosque, as of right now," the statement from the Spanish FA reads. "Thus, Diego Costa will play for Spain in the next games for the month of November, if deemed appropriate by the national team coach."
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