Scolari: Diego Costa’s turning his back on something millions dream of
Brazilian national team manager, Felipe Luiz Scolari has given up his pursuit of Atletico Madrid striker, Diego Costa officially sent a letter to FIFA, expressing his intention of playing for the Spanish national team over his native Brazil.
In an official statement on the Brazilian Football Federation (CBF) website, Scolari announced that Costa’s name had been withdrawn from their upcoming November friendlies in the USA and Canada against Honduras and Russia and slammed Costa for his decision.
“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player who rejects the chance to wear the Brazil shirt and play at a World Cup in his country can only be automatically withdrawn from the squad.
“He’s turning his back on something millions dream of doing: playing for the five-time world champions at a World Cup in Brazil.”
Brazil technical coordinator, Carlos Alberto Parreira also expressed that he was in full agreement of Scolari’s sentiments that Costa will no longer be considered for any future call-ups with the Seleçao, while CBF president had not completely thrown in the towel, stating “We’re going to fight as far as we consider is best for Brazil. The CBF does not consider the case to be closed.”