Aston Villa youngster Mamadou Sylla is being eyed up by the Spanish national team setup after impressing in the club’s youth ranks.

That’s what Sport report today, stating that the 17-year-old is a player the Spanish team is ‘aware of’.

They explain that the youngster, who was born in Barcelona but moved to England in 2015 before arriving at Aston Villa in 2018, ‘garners praise’ at the club, with this week seeing him make an impressive debut for the Under 23s in the 3-1 win against Wolves.

He made a ‘great impression’ on those watching in that game after being moved up from the Under 18s, where he has also been impressing.

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These displays have apparently caught the eye of the Spanish national setup, who are aware that the midfielder, who can also play centre back, is eligible to play for Spain despite his Guinean descent.

As yet they have not made their move to secure him, but Sport indicate that is very much something they are looking at doing before too long.

First, he’ll have to keep impressing with Aston Villa, although the newspaper are confident of that happening anyway.

They say the club has ‘designed a long-term project’ to grow by ‘caring’ for talents in the youth categories and that is why the likes of Sylla are starting to ‘gain prominence’.

Thus, a path is laid out, and it seems at some point on it, Spain will be waiting to scoop up the 17-year-old and ensure he is theirs in future.