Argentina believe they have done enough to beat Spain in the race to secure Alejandro Garnacho’s international allegiances.
The Manchester United winger was born in Madrid, though is eligible to play for the reigning world champions as his mother is Argentina.
Garnacho’s first international appearance came for Spain’s Under-18s side back in 2021, though has since scored four goals in five games for Argentina’s Under-20s.
He received his first call-up to the Argentina senior setup in 2022 but did not play a minute for La Albiceleste. Garnacho was in line to make his debut this month, but had to withdraw from Lionel Scaloni’s squad after suffering an ankle injury for United in their draw with Southampton earlier in March.
Reports in Spain in recent months have suggested La Roja have not given up on trying to recruit Garnacho, and this delay in him making his competitive debut for Argentina will give them a big boost.
Nevertheless, Argentina’s director of international scouting, Juan Martin Tassi, has revealed they have no worries that Garnacho is committed to them.
“We have a fluid dialogue with Garnacho and his family,” Tassi said to Argentine outlet Ole.
“It’s not something of a moment, but something that developed over time. He is very happy to be taken into account by the Argentine national team.
“The case of Garnacho is the product of the work we have been doing, the closeness that we propose on a day-to-day basis made him lean towards Argentina.
“All this accompaniment is essential and they feel it.”
Tassi’s testament is not without merit – it does look likely that Garnacho will cement his status as an Argentina player some time in the near future.
When confirming that he had suffered an ankle injury, Garnacho wrote on social media: “It is difficult to put into words how I’m feeling right now.
“Unfortunately I will not be able to help my team and teammates in the upcoming games in what is a very important part of the season for us at Manchester United.
“I am disappointed to also miss the opportunity to be with my teammates of the Argentinian national team in what would have been a great and proud moment for me and my family.
“This is part of football and our profession, however, I am already focused in my recovery. God has taught me to never give up and I will make sure I am back stronger than ever!”