Brahim Diaz’s goal for Real Madrid in their 3-0 win over Braga is likely to play a big role in him receiving a national team call-up. The only question that remains, though, will it come from Spain or Morocco.
According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Brahim finds himself in the unique position of being able to choose between playing for both Morocco and Spain.
The outlet adds that the Moroccan team is particularly hopeful, almost expecting him to join their ranks in the near future.
On the other side, the Spanish team believes Brahim has a preference for playing with them.
Furthermore, it is interesting to note that despite his consistent presence in the Spanish Under-21 team under Luis de la Fuente, who hasn’t extended a call-up to the senior team, Brahim has only made a single appearance for the Spanish national team at the age of 24.
No decision made so far
While the national team federations are chasing Brahim, the player, on his part, has not made a decision yet. In fact, he faced questions about his future post the Braga match and he remained tight-lipped about which team he’ll be suiting up for.
“I won’t go with the first one who calls me, it’s not like that. I’m focused on Madrid, where I’m having few minutes and I want to have more,” he said.
“I’m at the best club in the world and focused on succeeding here. That’s my goal right now,” he added.
As it turns out, De la Fuente will release the list of players who will be selected for the Spanish national team for upcoming matches and while talking about it, the footballer could only say, “We will see the list. At Madrid, I am waiting for good things to happen.”
Official: Real Madrid starting lineup against Napoli | UCL GW 5
Real Madrid are back in the Champions League following their impressive win against Cadiz on the weekend as they host Napoli at the Santiago Bernabeu for gameweek five.
They have already secured qualification to the round of 16, and even a point today would secure first place in the group.
With several players still injured, Carlo Ancelotti has opted for his best available starting lineup, with Daniel Carvajal taking responsibility of the captain’s armband at right-back. He will be aided by Ferland Mendy, who starts on the other side.
Meanwhile, in between them, David Alaba returns to the fold as the starting centre-back, partnering Antonio Rudiger. This duo has the responsibility of screening Andriy Lunin, who continues in goal in Kepa and Thibaut Courtois’ absence.
With both Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni out, Toni Kroos gets the chance to play as the holding midfielder for two games in a row. Federico Valverde retains his spot, as well, while Dani Ceballos comes in for the injured Luka Modric in central midfield.
Rodrygo will spearhead the team’s frontline as one of the two twin forwards, while Brahim Diaz gets the nod over Joselu. Jude Bellingham is the final, and arguably the most important piece of the puzzle, playing behind the front-two.
Confirmed Madrid XI: Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Alaba, Mendy; Valverde, Kroos, Ceballos; Bellingham; Diaz, Rodrygo