Valencia midfielder Yunus Musah has committed his international allegiance to the United States of America.
There has been a lot of speculation about which country the 18-year-old sensation will represent at international level and he has finally made up his mind about it.
This is welcomed news for the United States who have scored an off-the-field victory with the midfielder clearing the air ahead of next week’s friendly games in Europe.
The news come at a crucial time as the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers are also in the picture.
Musah is also eligible for England, Italy and Ghana with both his parents Ghanain, but he grew up in Italy and England.
He represented England at youth level, but like many footballers before him, he won’t turn out for the Three Lions at senior level. The US Football federation released a statement where Musah was quoted saying it wasn’t difficult to make up his mind.
“It was pretty clear for me to decide to play for the United States.
“It makes sense to represent the country I was born in. The moment I decided to play for the United States came one day when my heart told me that this was the best place for me.”
Although his oral commitment is non-binding, he will no longer be able to switch affiliations should he play for the United States against Jamaica on the 25th of March and Northern Ireland three days later.
Last year, the dynamic midfielder already played twice for the United States in friendlies, but he still has to feature in a official game to be fully committed to the country of his birth.
Musah, who can play both on the flank and centrally, is the second big commitment from a multi-national player for Coach Gregg Berhalter. In late 2019, Sergino Dest, now with FC Barcelona, chose the United States over his native Netherlands (Dest’s father is American).
Bergalter was also quoted saying he is very pleased to have such an amazing player coming into his set up. He also hailed the teenager’s talent and abilities in the field of play.
“For his age, it’s impressive what Yunus can do.
“When the group first met him, we were immediately drawn to his personality and what a great person he is. When you see him play, you realize there is a ton of talent, as well. We’re really excited, because not only is Yunus a player for today, he’s a player for the future.”
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