Algeria-France: pressure on Yannis Lagha to join the “blues”?

The young Olympique Lyonnais striker Yannis Lagha refused to join the U18 national team which is preparing to play JM Oran-2022. Having been entitled to a new professional contract with OL, the young striker could move away from the Greens.

Despite his young age, Yannis Lagha (18), was quick to choose the selection he represents at the international level. He opted for Algeria, although he also has French nationality. He took part in almost all the training courses of the U18 national team, with which he scored 14 goals.

Retained by Mourad Slatni for the Mediterranean Games Oran-2022, the young striker from Olympique Lyonnais finally refused to come, much to everyone’s surprise. The reason ? No one knows, including the U18 national coach. “His name was on my list for the JM in Oran, but he didn’t come. We would have liked him to be with us, alas, we do not know why he did not answer present”. Dira Slatni, during a press conference he held before the start in Oran.

To say the least, it has opened the door to speculation whether the player in question is under pressure to change his sporting nationality. Admittedly, he has already declined a summons from the “blues” a few months ago, but other factors could change the situation, including the player’s entourage.

A pro contract at OL that takes him away from the Greens?

This morning, Olympique Lyonnais announced the signing of the first professional contract for its pure product. The latter is now linked with his training club until 2025. Author of 19 goals in 23 games played with the OL U19s, Lagha has seen his efforts rewarded. A gifted striker whose observers predict a bright future for him.

Barely 18, Yannis Lagha now claims to make his debut with the pennant team from the new season. Obviously, he is in the footsteps of Karim Benzema. By being entitled to a pro contract despite his young age, he now has a new status which could distance him from the Greens.

Aware of the great value of his player, Jean-Michel Aulas would have started his pressure to divert the Franco-Algerian from Algeria. The Lyon president is, moreover, known for his great role in convincing dual nationals to opt for France, as was the case a few years ago with Karim Benzema and the Franco-Tunisian Hatem Benarfa or even Houssem Aouar.

In sum, it looks like Yannis Lagha is yet to be acquired for Algeria. Another battle looms on the horizon between the FAF and its French counterpart to steal the talented young striker.

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