Mateo Guendouzi won’t switch international allegiance to Morocco

Arsenal midfielder Mateo Guendouzi has revealed that he has no plans of switching his international allegiance to Morocco after having featured for the youth teams with France. The 19-year-old has quickly adapted to the Premier League football since making the switch from Lorient over the summer and this recently witnessed him earn a call-up to the France under-21 squad.

Amidst this, there were rumours suggesting that Morocco could send their entourage to convince Guendouzi to switch his allegiance but the midfielder has insisted that does not remain a possibility, he told Canal +: “Since I was young, I’ve always played with the French teams. It’s a dream to play with the France senior team. And I’m hoping to get there, it’s a dream for me to make it happen.”

Guendouzi, who is eligible to represent Morocco through his father, was largely an unknown when he joined the Gunners during the summer, but he has managed to make a quick impression with a number of top-notch displays at the heart of the midfield. Nonetheless, the 19-year-old has recently been limited to league action due to the form of Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira but he has no concerns over the same.

“I’m very happy about my start. After that, the most important for me is the team, we’re on a good run of 15 or 16 games without a loss, which is something we need to continue on. We’ve drawn the last three games in the league, but we’re a very solid team, and I hope we can do great things.” He further told the French television station.

Guendouzi was only a late substitute during the Gunners’ 2-1 Premier League win over Bournemouth on Sunday but he should feature from the off when the north London side make the trip to Ukrainians’ Vorskla for the midweek Europa League game. Emery’s men are already through to the knockouts of the competition and they require just one point from the remaining two matches to assure themselves of the top spot.