Barcelona defender Dani Alves has advised Diego Costa to forget about Spain and focus on playing for Brazil.

The Atletico Madrid striker has previously played two friendly games for his home country in March 2013, although his emission from the Confederations Cup squad has apparently made the forward consider his international future.

The fiery-forward - heavily linked with Liverpool this summer - would have been included in La Roja for the upcoming World Cup qualifying fixtures were it not for paperwork issues regarding the front-man's registration.

Alves himself had a choice to make in 2006 whilst terrorising opponents left-hand flank for Sevilla.

The wing-back opted to play for the country of his birth and he urges Costa to do the same:

"I ask Diego Costa to take the decision with a cool head, because he would also be an important player for Brazil," Alves is quoted as saying on ESPN. "He is not Pichichi of La Liga for nothing. These decisions are very personal and whatever Diego Costa decides must be respected, but I suggest he thinks coolly because he cannot later turn back."

Despite his desire to see Costa don the famous yellow colours of Brazil, he insists he will not interfere with the 25-year-old's decision.

"I have not spoken with Diego Costa about this decision because I do not want to interfere. Diego will know what is best for him," he added. "If, in the end, he decides to play for Spain, we must respect that."

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