Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Ryan Ait-Nouri has elected to ignore France and pledge his allegiance to Algeria instead.
That’s according to Dzair Daily, who cover the situation around the left-back and say he has made a decision about his international future.
They report that the Wolves youngster has ‘finally lifted the veil’ on his nationality and seems to have decided between Algeria and France.
According to their information, he has decided to listen to his heart in order to make a choice, and in this regard he has decided to go for Algeria.
He’s now ‘more than ever certain’ that he will play for Algeria, with several French and Algerian sports media outlets also reporting the same.
The move comes as something of a shock given Ait-Nouri has featured at both U19 level and Under 21 level for France, with two and five appearances respectively.
The influence of Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi has ‘weighed heavily’ on his decision, though, with him holding a ‘direct discussion’ with the Wolves man’s father to formally indicate his interest.
That ‘motivates’ the defender, whose parents are originally from Algiers, although he was born in France.
He is expected to be a part of the African nation’s next squad in October and, in the next few days, should request a ‘waiver’ from FIFA to change his sporting nationality, which will allow him to join Algeria officially.