Having reportedly been called up by France manager Didier Deschamps for their upcoming friendlies against Russia and Columbia, Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez has refused his offer in a bid to break into the Spain national team.
He has featured in all competitions for Diego Simeone’s side making 29 appearances and according to the MARCA, Spain head coach Julen Lopetegui has been in contact with Hernandez to reassure him of his place.
The 22-year-old was born in Marseille to a French father and Spanish mother giving him the option to represent either nation.
However with the World Cup in Russia only a matter of months away and no indication by Lopetegui that Hernandez will be part of the squad going there, the defender may hold onto Deschamps proposal.
“I feel Spanish, Spain has given me everything and my citizenship is nearly completed.” he said in a TVE interview a few days ago.
“I would love to play for Spain because I consider myself a Spaniard. What can I say? I speak better Spanish than French. That says it all really.”
The Atletico Madrid defender is unfortunately well known for being arrested on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend in February 2017.
His brother, Theo, who left Atleti for rivals Real last summer – has also been capped at international level for France.
Hernandez will next be in action when his second place Atletico Madrid take on Celta Vigo on Saturday as they look to close the eight point gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.