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Del Bosque called Valencia’s Fede to join Spanish national team

by Tom Conn | Posted on Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Valencia’s breakout star, Fede Cartabia has revealed that Spanish national team manager, Vicente Del Bosque called him and asked if he would like to join La Roja, but the Argentine-born attacking midfielder declined, chosing to remain faithful to his home country.

Fede Cartabia

In an interview with Argentine newspaper, Ole, Fede revealed the approach by the World Cup winner and revealed his interest in addition the 20-year-old to the national team.

“He asked me about my situation and if I was Spanish, so the club started working on getting me a Spanish Passport. I’m thinking about it… though my country comes first. If they keep me in mind, not now but long-term, I’m always going to choose Argentina, but Spain are a great national side.”

Fede then insisted that while the offer to join Spain was appealing, he could never take the Diego Costa route and chose Spain over his native country.

“I’m Argentinian and I’ll die Argentinian, but if Spain call me up, why not? But I hope I’m selected to play for Argentina because it’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid. I have to break through at Valencia first to convince them I can play in the future. At the moment it’s tricky because there are great players in my position.”



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