Enrique urges Adama Traore to make decision on international future after he's called up to BOTH Spain and Mali squads

SPAIN boss Luis Enrique hopes to have Adama Traore to call upon in the upcoming international break.

The Wolves star is currently at the centre of an international tug-of-war, after being called up by Mali, as well as La Roja.


Enrique, 50, tried to call up Traore once before, while his predecessor Roberto Moreno also had a go.

The 24-year-old pulled out last November with an injury, before again withdrawing last month after testing positive for Covid-19.

But Enrique is hoping that on this occasion, it'll be third time lucky.

He said: "With Adama Traore, knock on wood because it is his third call.

"I hope he can debut with Spain and it is he who has to decide. We respect his decision."

Traore, born in Catalonia, represented Spain at youth level from under-16s right up to under-21s.

But he has made no secret of also being proud of his Malian roots, with both of his parents hailing from the West African country.

Back in January, he told the BBC: "My mentality is to work for the team and the performance for the team gives me half a chance with two international teams and I am happy for that.

"I am grateful [to have the chance] with the two international teams – Spain where I was born and Mali where my origins are."

Should he choose to play for Mali, he could debut in upcoming fixtures against Ghana on October 9 and Iran four days later.

Alternatively, Spain travel to Portugal for a friendly before Nations League clashes with Switzerland and Ukraine.

In November last year, Traore told the Express and Star: "The truth is I've spoken with Mali, but I didn't sign anything.

"I've been in contact with them and they've shown interest. There has been a bit of confusion. I haven't decided yet."

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