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Moroccan national team pushing to convince Real Madrid playmaker to snub Spain

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According to reports from Sergio Santos, Morocco have intensified conversations with Real Madrid star Brahim Diaz in recent weeks to convince him to join the Moroccan National Team.

They hope to get the green light from Real Madrid’s Diaz and Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal who are seen as the footballing icons in the country.

Moreover, they plan to use the country’s World Cup 2030 bid to influence their decision.

Diaz is currently a Spanish international

Diaz has already made his debut for the Spanish national team in a friendly game against Lithuania back in June 2021. In fact, he even scored for La Roja on the night.

Santos adds that the 24-year-old still wants to continue with the Spanish national team and will not be called up for Morocco in the upcoming international break.

Nevertheless, Morocco will continue to wait patiently and call him up once he gives the green light. Diaz does not want to rush his decision.

A minimal role under Ancelotti, so far

Brahim Diaz has not featured much this season. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Brahim Diaz returned to Real Madrid ahead of the 2023-24 campaign after three years on loan at AC Milan, hoping to see more prominence for the men in white. His game time so far, however, has been limited.

The 24-year-old has started on the bench in all three of Los Blancos’ games so far this season and made a short nine-minute cameo in the 3-1 win over Almeria.

His short performance was not devoid of action, for Diaz completed two dribbles and won three duels in just nine minutes on the field.

His situation could see a dramatic turnaround in the days to come. With Vinicius Jr out injured for six weeks, Ancelotti is short-staffed in the attacking department.

Considering Diaz’s strong cameo against Almeria, he would be a prime candidate to replace the injured Brazilian.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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