Brazilian-born Diego Costa has no regrets over his recent decision to switch allegiances to Spain and says his parents are entirely supportive of him.
The Atletico Madrid striker has played his club football in the country since 2007 and opted to represent his adopted nation after finally being granted citizenship last September.
Having already appeared twice for Brazil in friendlies at the time of his switch, Costa’s decision was not greeted too kindly back home, but the superstar says his parents at least were supportive of his move.
‘My parents are very happy because I am close to them and the fact I chose to play for Spain over Brazil doesn’t affect a thing,’ he said. ‘They know I made the decision and I have their support always.’
Costa has been one of the revelations of the 2013-14 campaign, firing Atletico to their first La Liga title since 1996 and a Champions League final appearance, scoring 36 times in 52 games in all competitions on the season.
His stellar form has unsurprisingly attracted heavy interest from big-spending clubs across Europe, with the 25-year-old reportedly already set for a £32 million move to goal-needy Chelsea this summer, having recently completed a medical with the club.
Despite only having played twice for the Spanish national team, Costa is penciled in to start upfront for Vicente del Bosque’s side in Brazil when they open their tournament against Group B rivals the Netherlands on June 13, in a repeat of the 2010 final.
While there were initially fears the powerfully-built frontman could be ruled out of the tournament, after picking up potentially serious injury towards the end of the domestic campaign, Costa played 70 minutes in the final warm-up game against El Salvador and has now declared himself fully fit.
While he may lack international experience, La Roja will be relying heavily on the likely future Premier League man as they chase an unprecedented fourth major international tournament win in a row.
The way the draw has played out, there is also a strong chance that Costa’s Spain could face the host nation in the last 16 or even the final, opening up an obvious narrative and leaving his parents in a rather awkward position.