Sevilla’s Vázquez: “I feel Argentine” after Bauza opens door for international U-turn


The early indications are that Sevilla’s €15 million signing of Franco Vázquez could be one of the bargains of the summer but new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza has potentially opened the door for a sensational call-up to the national side despite the 27-year-old having represented Italy in two friendlies.

When Franco Vázquez was tearing up Serie A alongside Paulo Dybala for Palermo an Argentina call-up appeared some way off for the elegant playmaker and so Italy took advantage of his dual nationality and offered another international option.

El Mudo was named by Antonio Conte in his squad for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria and a friendly with England in March 2015 and while the Palermo midfielder played no part in the qualifier, he made his debut as a second half substitute against Roy Hodgson’s side.

Vázquez has since played in another friendly for the Azzurri but according to FIFA rules could revert back to Argentina with the required paperwork after not playing in an official fixture (at least that is what is being reported in the Argentine press).

Edgardo Bauza has admitted to watching a large number of players in consideration for upcoming squads and fuelled speculation by stating, “If you can play in the national team, you will be taken into account.”

Speaking to Radio Continental, Vázquez responded, “I’m surprised. I was training and when I finished I grabbed my phone and had a lot of messages. I feel Argentine.”

“Another coach had closed the door on me, and now I open it.

For any player, to be in the selection of a country is always a goal. I am happy to have been named by the national team coach, but I cannot think beyond that because it isn’t known if I will be able. I must remain calm.”

Vázquez wasn’t named in Bauza’s initial squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Uruguay and Venezuela but if reports are correct and the Sevilla midfielder would be eligible then his superb performances under Jorge Sampaoli could certainly put him in contention in the future.

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