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Lamine Yamal: Will the Barcelona sensation play for Morocco?

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The 16-year-old winger is already establishing himself as a starter for the Catalans.

Lamine Yamal is eligible to play for both Spain and Morocco national teams. But the teenage sensation has yet to make a decision over his international future.

As one of the most promising La Masia graduates of recent years, Yamal has already secured a space in Barca’s senior squad under Xavi Hernandez.

At 16 years old, the Catalan-born winger has played all three of Barcelona’s La Liga matches this season, registering two assists. Yamal’s standout performances have ignited speculation about his future national team allegiances.

“My son has not made up his mind yet to play for Morocco or Spain,” Yamal’s father said on Monday.

“But I would be very proud if he played for Morocco. If he plays for Spain, I would be happy too because he is my son. He trained for many years to get to where he is.”

Yamal, who has been playing for Barcelona’s youth ranks since 2021, has been a part of Spain‘s U17 and U19 sides, making a total of 21 appearances.

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Spain manager Luis de la Fuente is planning to call up Yamal for La Roja’s upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers. The 16-year-old has a chance to become the national team’s youngest-ever debutant by playing against Georgia on September 8.