West Ham defender Issa Diop has reiterated his aspirations to play for the France national side, despite having a Moroccan mother and Senegalese father.
The 21-year-old powerhouse, who was born in Toulouse, firmly has his eyes set on featuring for Les Bleus at some point in the future.
“It has always been a dream to play for France, if it happens, it happens, otherwise too bad!” Diop told Toulouse-based newspaper La Depeche
“I have always said that I will only play for France and for no-one else. Whether I’m selected or even if I’m never selected with the seniors, I will not play for another country.”
Diop’s target to play for World Champions France is certainly a lofty ambition, but one that is realistic.
The no-nonsense centre-back has impressed in the Premier League so far this season since he moved to the London Stadium in the summer and has phenomenal potential.
He is a young defender that is a monster in the air, possesses great strength and pace, while he is good on the ball too.
It’s no surprise to see Diop become an ever-present in Manuel Pellegrini’s side and surely an international call-up can’t be a million miles away.
Everton’s Kurt Zouma and Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho were included in the France squad for the current international break, who are both players that the West Ham ace is capable of overtaking in the future.
Diop can only continue to progress at club level and is beginning to create a formidable partnership at centre-back with Fabian Balbuena.