Former Arsenal loanee Julio Baptista gives backing to Chelsea striker Diego Costa

Diego Costa attempting an overhead volley

Diego Costa decided to switch nationality to Spain ahead of the World Cup.

This summer Spain tumbled out of the World Cup at the Group Stage, much to the joy and delight of the home Brazilian supporters. Because most were rather perturbed at the fact the man leading the line for Spain was Diego Costa.

Born in Lagarto, Brazil, Costa moved to Portugal as a teenager to begin his footballing career at Braga before going on to play in Spain with Atletico Madrid, Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano among others.

After playing in Spain for seven years however he became a Spanish citizen and earlier in the year he made the tough decision to turn down Brazil in favour of Spain - despite playing for Selecao in a friendly back in 2013.

It was a decision that angered many in Brazil, but one man seemingly unmoved by the matter is a former Arsenal loanee.

Julio Baptista spent one season on loan at Arsenal, never truly hitting the heights despite the odd impressive game.

Nowadays he plays in his Brazilian homeland with champions Cruzeiro, but spent much of his career in Spain with Sevilla, Real Madrid and Malaga.

So as a fellow dual citizen of Brazil and Spain he was asked for his thoughts on the Chelsea striker during a recent interview with Diario AS.

He said of Costa:

“Costa had a few options to go to the World Cup. He got the chance to go with another country and decided. It’s a good decision.

“Everyone thinks he has betrayed Brazil. But he saw it was only a distant option to go to the World Cup with Brazil and he changed.

“It’s hard to judge someone by a decision they believed was correct.”

Good backing there from The Beast and Costa will now hope to become as talismanic for Spain as he is for Chelsea.

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