Lyon’s Pape Cheikh Diop snubs Senegal for Spain

Sep 26, 2018 | African News | 0 comments

Dakar-born Lyon’s midfielder, Pape Cheikh Diop, (pictured) has pledged his international loyalty to Spain over his birthplace Senegal.

The 21-year-old Dakar-born midfielder has confirmed he has been invited a few times in the past by the Senegalese Football Federation (FSF) to play for the Teranga Lions.

“I have been called by Senegal several times, but I remain committed to Spain,” Pape Cheikh told Spanish sports newspaper Marca.

“Of course, I can never forget my origin, I am Senegalese, but I also feel Spanish.”

“Spain has given me everything and I want to give back in return. I am very happy with the decision I’ve made.”

Under Fifa rules, he can still switch allegiances because he is yet to play a competitive match for Spain’s senior side.

He moved to Spain age 14 and helped them to European under-19 success in 2015 as well as played for the under-21s.

The midfielder has impressed for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 and Champions League for Lyon, who beat Man City at the Etihad last week.

He progressed to Celta’s senior side and made his debut in December 2015, where a goal in 27 appearances led to a move to Lyon last summer.

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