Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara has committed his future to the Spanish national team, despite his dual nationality meaning he would also be eligible to play for either Brazil or Italy instead.
The emerging Blaugrana midfielder has a famous heritage, with his father being 1994 Brazilian World Cup winner Mazinho, so making the 19-year-old eligible for the South Americans as well as his nation of his birth, Italy.
Thiago, who made the fourth first-team appearance of his career in the 1-1 draw versus Mallorca on Sunday evening, is already an established member of La Furia Roja’s youth system, which he has participated in at every level, and is now part of the u-21 set-up.
In a press conference yesterday, he responded to questions regarding whom he would represent, “I have made it clear and will not raise doubts with anyone. This is more serious and it is important. We are talking about another level, and I am ready and willing to be here for Spain.”
The promising youngster is expected to surface as an important squad player for first-team coach Pep Guardiola during the season ahead, and after representing the World Cup winners at various youth levels, looks ready to offer his services to the full squad should they be required in the future.