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The Brazil coach believes that the striker's decision to snub playing for the Selecao in favour of Vicente del Bosque's side has opened the door to a potential move to England

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari believes Diego Costa's decision to play for Spain at the World Cup has opened doors for a move across Europe, with Chelsea set for his signature.

Earlier this month, Goal revealed that Costa had sealed a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge, after the 25-year-old forward's impressive haul of 36 goals in 50 appearances this season.

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Scolari has stated his regret at seeing Costa switch allegiance, but believes that his decision has helped his impending move to Stamford Bridge.

"I was going to summon him for the World Cup," Scolari was quoted as saying by O Estado de Sao Paulo.

"Diego Costa would be with us. He could play as a seven, a nine, or even as an 11. I’d thought about playing him up front to run and smash through. He’s a powerful beast. He's strong as a bull.

"Was I wrong? I don't know, but he would be at the World Cup with Brazil. I talked to him twice about it.

"The problem is there were other interests behind it. With Diego Costa becoming a naturalised Spaniard, that opened up his options in Europe. There's a whole set of interests."

Costa has made one appearance for Spain, playing 90 minutes in their 1-0 win over Italy in March, but the striker's World Cup campaign hangs in the balance due to a hamstring injury.

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