Alejandro Garnacho, a striker for Manchester United, has said that his choice to represent Argentina in international competition is definitive and that he is looking forward to making his long-awaited debut with the South American nation.
The 18-year-old player, who was born in Spain but has an Argentine mother, was called up for Argentina’s friendly against Australia and did not hesitate at the potential of playing beside Lionel Messi with the World Cup winners in Qatar. Argentina won the World Cup in Qatar.
“I have an Argentine identity and I am an Argentine. They placed their bets on me, and I was aware of it. According to what Garchacho shared with TyC Sports on Monday, “it’s a very big national team, a very good opportunity, and my whole family is very happy and has supported me from the very first minute.”
Due to an ankle injury, Garchacho, who had an outstanding season with United, was unable to be selected by Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni for the March friendly against Panama and Curacao. Garchacho had an outstanding season with United.
A month ago, he was also denied the opportunity to compete for Argentina in the Under-20 World Cup, which was staged in a country in South America after that nation took over hosting duties from Indonesia.
“I had a lengthy conversation with the coach of Manchester United, Erik ten Hag, and I pleaded with him to please let me go, but he told me that it was impossible. Nevertheless, I felt as if I was there as I watched everything unfold on TV,” he said.
Although the regulations of FIFA let players with dual citizenship to switch national teams as long as they have not played more than three matches (including friendlies), Garnacho has said that he is ready to pursue a career with Argentina despite the potential that Spain may still call him up for international duty.
“There is no need for me to participate in three games. It doesn’t really matter if I don’t make my debut on the tour since I’m already here. I am conscious of the fact that I want to be with Argentina, and I am certain that this will come to pass.
“If the coach has faith in me, I would like to make the Argentine national team my career team and play for as long as I can.” I would want to add my name to the list of those who compete in the World Cup, the Copa America, and the qualifications.
“I am well aware that a great number of people in Argentina adore me and value me. I’ve already decided to play for Argentina, and I’m going to show them the same love and passion that they’ve shown me on the field,” he continued.