Up-and-coming Barcelona star Lamine Jamal confirmed in a statement to the Spanish Football Federation website that he is living the dream, days after his first international cap for Spain.
Jamal has sparked a lot of competition between the two kingdoms of Morocco, where his father’s roots come from, and Spain, where he was born in Barcelona, but the player, who also holds Equatorial Guinean citizenship through his mother, decided to defend himself. La Roja colors.
Last Friday, the coach of the Spanish national football team Oscar de la Fuente invited the promising striker, who played only five official matches with Barcelona, to the matches against Georgia and Cyprus on September 8 and 12 as part of the European Championship. Championship qualifying matches.
And now Jamal has the opportunity to become the youngest player in history to play a match for Spain, at 16, only if he takes part in one of two matches against Georgia and Cyprus.
“It’s incredible to be able to live this feeling, to see all these things and enjoy them to the fullest,” Jamal said on Monday after his first training session for Spain. “I’m calm on the field. At the moment I’m a little used to it.” Because of the time I spent in the first team of FC Barcelona.
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“Now let’s see how things are going with the national team,” he added.
Jamal confirmed that he did not hesitate when he had to choose between playing for Spain or Morocco.
Asked about the advice his parents gave him when they found out he had been chosen to play for the Spanish national team, Lamin Jamal commented: “After I was called up, I called my mother, she asked me to be careful, it scares her a little, but through In 30 seconds this fear disappeared and she is very proud of “with me”.
And he concluded: “Since I was a child I have played against very big players, and my mother asks me to be careful with interventions and things like that, but I ask her to remain calm and trust me.”
As for the future, the Barcelona striker admitted: “I’m calm because I believe in myself and that’s it.”