Coveted by Morocco and Spain, two selections eligible to welcome the prodigy of FC Barcelona, Lamine Yamal would have already made his choice. And the 16-year-old would have decided to wear the Roja jersey, according to information from Relevo.
When he was only 16 years old, Lamine Yamal’s sporting nationality was already a subject of discussion within the football world. Born in Spain, of a Moroccan father and an Equatoguinean mother, the nugget of FC Barcelona is eligible to endorse the costume of his three selections. And if he has not officially decided yet, several signals indicate that he would choose his country of birth where he evolves with the categories of young people.
Scout of the governing body of football in the Land of the Atlas Lions, Rabie Takassa simply said this to the Spanish daily: “His father is Moroccan, his mother is from Equatorial Guinea and he was born in Spain, so he can choose between three teams. Finally, he (Lamine Yamal) will play where he feels best, where his heart tells him”.
For its part, the media Relevo, more precise, reveals that the Blaugrana striker is determined to continue his international career with the Spanish jersey, he who shone with Rojita during the last European U17 championship.
Morocco has not said its last word
In any case, the Spanish Football Federation has already taken the lead in this matter. According to the Iberian press, the authority dispatched Wednesday Francis Hernández (coordinator of the categories of young people) and Tito Blanco (his assistant) in order to meet the young talent to discuss his projects.
And the FREF has pulled out all the stops to seduce its future recruit, including its upcoming inclusion in selection A rather than doing the normal course with the different categories of young people. A summons with La Roja during the FIFA day next September is also put forward by the Spanish leaders to convince the Barcelonian.
Morocco has not said its last word in the race to attract Lamine Yamal. Despite his supposed current preference for Spain, the player’s home country remains determined to do everything in their power to convince him to join their ranks. Moroccan officials have engaged in discussions with the player to show their sincere interest and to invite him to join the Atlas Lions. To be continued….