by Dean Ammi
Real Sociedad defender Yuri Berchiche is set to choose the Algerian national team at international level over Spain. The 27-year-old, who was born to a Spanish mother and an Algerian father, has ambitions to represent the Desert Foxes.
Berchiche is a left-back who has 3 goals and 6 assists in La Liga and the Copa del Rey this season. He has only played for Spain at under-18 level, which makes him eligible to still play for Algeria.
It is understood that Mohamed Raouraoua had previously approached Berchiche but the player declined the opportunity. However, with Zetchi now at the helm of the Algerian Football Federation, Berchiche would appear to have changed his mind.
Le Butuer report that Berchiche had ambitions as a youngster of playing for Spain but with this now looking a very unlikely prospect to him, he has chosen to represent his dad’s side.
This would be a fantastic move from new Algeria manager Lucas Alcaraz who is making the most of his knowledge and experience of La Liga in order to improve Les Verts on the world stage.
European clubs as big as Real Madrid and Manchester City have been linked with a move for Berchiche this year, which goes to show the quality he has and could now possibly rival Faouzi Ghoulam in that position for the North Africans. TransferMarkt value the player at £3.4million.