Spain: Lamine Yamal explains why he said no to Morocco

Spain: Lamine Yamal explains why he said no to Morocco

Courted by both Spain and Morocco, Lamine Yamal finally chose La Roja for his international career. A choice explained by the 16-year-old striker to the Spanish football federation website.

Like Ansu Fati who skipped Guinea-Bissau to join La Roja, Lamine Yamal will not choose his country of origin for his national selection either. Courted in particular by Morocco, the 16-year-old striker finally opted for Spain, his adopted country.

On the website of the Spanish Football Federation, the player gave the reasons for his choice. “ I have always played with the Spanish selection, since the under-15s. I have always been clear, I want to play for Spain. Win the Euro, a World Cup and everything I can», assured Lamine Yamal.

A choice which therefore puts an end to the hopes of supporters of the Atlas Lions, who dream of seeing the Barcelona prodigy wear the jersey of the Cherifian team. And yet, the native of Esplugues de Llobregat was seen with the tunic of the Moroccan selection teasing his Spanish teammates during the 2022 World Cup.

A supposed meeting between the Blaugrana winger and coach Walid Regragui has even recently circulated on social networks. Signals that ultimately lead to nothing.

First cape on Friday?

Called up by Luis de la Fuente for the September rally, Lamine Yamal could play his first minutes with La Roja during the trip to Georgia this Friday. Unless he has to wait until Tuesday the 12th and the reception in Cyprus. In any case, these two meetings are not without challenges: they count for qualifying for the Euro.