Valencia’s Tino Costa: I Deserve To Play For Argentina

Tino Costa believes that he is ready to don the Argentina shirt…

Valencia midfielder Tino Costa believes that Argentina coach Sergio Batista should show some faith in him and call him for international duty.

Costa joined the Spanish club last summer and has proved himself to be one of the better players in the Primera Division, his creativity and skills helping los Che to maintain their challenge for a top-four finish in the league.

However, the 26-year-old was overlooked when Batista named his Argentina national team squad for their friendly internationals against the USA and Costa Rica, but he believes that his time should come soon.

“In my opinion, [Sergio] Batista has been calling up the best players in my position,” Costa said in an interview with “But if I was him I’d give me a chance! (laughs). I’m not saying I should start but I think I ought to be in the squad, if only to reflect the way I’ve been playing at club level.”

Costa, who left Montpellier for Valencia last summer, also underlined the difference in style between the French league and its Spanish counterpart.

“French football is stronger and more physical,” explained the Argentine. “Spanish football, in contrast, is more about building from the back, moving the ball about and using short, quick combinations. They’re different styles and you need time to adapt."

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