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Real Madrid in-form midfielder sees future with Spain national team despite Morocco interest



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Amid the ongoing wave of injuries, Real Madrid attacking midfielder Brahim Diaz has seized his opportunity like no other and most recently stamped his name on the scoreboard against Granada with a 26th-minute opener.

Because of fierce competition in the early part of the season, the 24-year-old hardly got a whiff of playtime.

However, the injuries to players like Luka Modric and Vinicius Jr. have created an opportunity for the Spaniard to make a name for himself, and he has capitalised on their absence, as testified by his recent form.

Diaz has started three of Real Madrid’s last four games across all competitions. And now talks of him choosing national allegiances are rife.

Morocco has stated that they would like to have the Real Madrid star in their squad for the Africa Cup of Nations, which starts in January.

However, Brahim is also eligible to represent Spain, for whom he played just once in 2021.

Brahim sees his future with Spain

As per Mario Cortegana, via The Athletic, despite Brahim Diaz respecting and not closing the door to Morocco while also appreciating the sports and political authorities’ attempts to ‘sign’ him, Brahim sees his future with the Spanish national team.

At the age of 16, Brahim made his debut as a youth international for Spain, earning recognition for his contributions to the national team during the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.

And while he has not yet entirely ruled out a switch to Morocco, it appears he aims to continue playing with the senior Spanish national team, for whom he has already played a game.

Brahim Diaz has reportedly impressed everyone at Real Madrid with recent performances, and the Spanish national team will be pleased to have a player in good nick within their ranks.

Recently, Morocco aspired to convince Barcelona youngster Lamine Yamal to choose them over Spain as well, but the teenager ended up siding with the country he had spent most of his youth in. Now, Diaz seems to be following a similar route.

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury



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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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