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Diego Costa would play for Spain

Brazil-born Diego Costa has said he would find it hard to say no to a call-up to the Spain national squad.

The Atletico Madrid striker Costa was capped twice by Brazil in friendly games in March, but was left out of the squad for the summer’s Confederations Cup campaign. He took Spanish citizenship in July and, having not played a competitive game for his native country, is free to make the switch.

Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) officials have reportedly now prepared the relevant paperwork and expect the formalities to be completed in time for Vicente del Bosque to name Costa in his squad for Spain’s 2014 World Cup qualifiers at home to Belarus and Georgia in early October.

The forward, 24, told La Sexta that he had not yet heard anything official but suggested he would accept an offer to play for the world and European champions.

“I hear rumours, and of course it is an honour that Spain would look at me, but I am not getting too caught up in it,” he said. “Nobody has been in contact with me. How would I say no to a national team coach? I will choose where I would like it best.

“I am privileged if some day I get to choose between these two great national teams,” he said. “Scolari has chosen a team and Spain has its XI. And they have players of the stature of Negredo, Soldado and Villa. Spain has the best players — it is very difficult.”