Morocco manager Herve Renard reportedly flew to London this week to try and convince Matteo Guendouzi to play for their national team, rather than France.
According to Le Site Info (via Sport Witness), Renard travelled to the English capital after Morocco beat Malawi in the AFCON qualifiers. He gave a speech to try and convince the player to pick Morocco over France, arguing that it’s what Guendouzi’s father would like him to do.
Morocco officials tried the same thing two years ago, but from the looks of things they’re going to be just as unsuccessful this time as they were then.
Guendouzi is a regular for the French youth teams, making his debut for the u18s in November 2016, then moving up to the u19s by September 2017, before appearing for the u20s in November 2017. At this point the midfielder is just waiting for that first senior call up, but with the way he’s progressing for Arsenal, it can’t be far away.
On playing for France’s senior side, Guendouzi told Ouest-France “It’s a dream for me. I will do everything to get there someday. If I succeed, it would be extraordinary.”
Let’s hope the 19-year-old can make another convincing case for his inclusion in Didier Deschamps’ squad this weekend against Newcastle United.