Diop sets sights on France future

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West Ham's Issa Diop says his priority remains to play internationally for France despite also being eligible for Senegal and Morocco.

West Ham’s Issa Diop says his priority remains to play internationally for France despite also being eligible for Senegal and Morocco.

The 21-year-old defender joined the Hammers in the summer from Toulouse and has impressed, most notably earning praise from Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of last month’s 3-1 win over Manchester United.

Big things have long been expected of Diop due to him being the grandson of the first Senegalese player to play in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux in the 1970s, while he could also represent Morocco through his mother.

The youngster has featured for France through the youth levels and says graduating to the senior Les Bleus squad remains his dream rather than playing for the other countries available to him.

‘I have always said that I will only play for France and no one else,’ Diop told ladepeche.fr. ‘Whether I am selected or even if I am never selected with the A’s, I will not play for another team.

‘I was born in France. It’s in France that I have everything. So I do not see why I would play for another nation.’

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