Alassane Pléa open to playing for Mali

Speaking to Canal Plus Sport Afrique, Borussia Mönchengladbach forward Alassane Pléa (29) said that he is open to playing for the Malian national team, despite having already featured for Les Bleus.

Pléa played for France once in 2018. Having been called up to Didier Deschamps’ squad for two friendlies against Uruguay and Bolivia, he made a 10-minute cameo against the former. He hasn’t featured since. 

Consequently, he is open to representing the Mali national team. The former OGC Nice centre-forward said, “If I go and play for the Mali national team, it’s to make them climb. My choice of national team isn’t definitive. I’m currently speaking about it with my agents. There is a choice to make, and we’ll see.”

In July, L’Équipe reported that the player had grand plans of forcing his way into the French national team ahead of this winter’s World Cup in Qatar, however, his latest comments suggest that he is close to giving up on that idea. 


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