Morocco manager Herve Renard will fly to London to attempt to persuade Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi to pledge his international allegiance to the African nation, Football.London report.
Arriving as one of Unai Emery’s summer recruits at Arsenal, Matteo Guendouzi has caught the eye after starting all four of the Gunners Premier League matches so far this term and keeping fellow close-season acquisition Lucas Torreira out of the starting line-up.
The performances of the 19-year-old, signed from French second division side Lorient, have impressed many and a huge fight could be set to emerge on the international stage in the quest to land the midfielder’s services.
Guendouzi has featured across numerous youth levels for France so far in his career but is also eligible for Morocco through his father and Football.London reports Herve Renard is set to fly to London in an attempt to persuade the teenager to commit his future to the African side.
If Guendouzi is to force his way into Didier Deschamps’ France squad, who of course won the World Cup in the summer, then it is likely to be a lengthy battle as he has the likes of Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Adrien Rabiot to compete with.
Alternatively, Guendouzi could switch to Morocco and stand more of a chance of earning senior international football in the near future – but he should be in no rush to make a decision and should focus on his club career for now.
Aged 19 and only recently moving to one of Europe’s top leagues, Guendouzi has plenty of challenges that lie in front of him and international football should not be a concern of his. Therefore, delaying a decision for a year or two is the perfect course of action.