The Atletico Madrid man has been in exceptional form this term, scoring 11 goals in the first 10 La Liga matches – his equal most for a season ever.
And having only played two friendly matches for Brazil, since he was granted a Spanish passport in the summer, the 24-year-old has now declared that he will play for Vicente Del Bosque’s men.
The striker has signed, in the presence of a notary, a letter to this effect that was sent to the Brazilian Federation (CBF) yesterday.
In the document the Atleti forward rejeced the call up to Brazil’s friendlies in November and makes clear his decision to play for Spain, both in friendlies and official matches, always provided that Del Bosque, the Spain coach, calls him up.
The CBF, however, will likely go on the attack again once they received the letter, with their president, José María Marín, of Spanish descent, having already said they will take the case to FIFA.
The Spanish authorities though, having spoken to FIFA and gone through the regulations are certain the rules are on their side.