Adelaide United teenage sensation Al Hassan Toure is reportedly dealing with a dilemma ahead of his international future despite talks with football director Bruce Djite as reported by ESPN.
Toure is currently experiencing a breakthrough season with Adelaide United and his performances have attracted the interest of Liberia as well as that of Australia.
Djite reportedly had a talk with Toure and his parents who are from Liberia on Tuesday night and revealed that the youngster could pledge his international allegiance to either country - he is yet to make a decision.
"The decision is completely up to him and I'm not going to sway him in any way ... it's a really personal decision," Djite told AAP.
"The most important message that I could give him was: 'You're in a small pond in Adelaide and it's very easy to become a big fish here but just keep everything in perspective.'"
Toure was initially born in Guinea situated in West Africa and was to eventually migrate to Australia with his parents at the tender age of four.
"He's surrounded by humble parents; they don't want to get involved, they just want the best for their son," Djite said.
Liberia national team head coach Peter Butler has reportedly contacted Toure's club ahead of releasing him to feature during November's nine-day FIFA international break.
Toure was handed his official debut at Adelaide in August 2019 during a cup game - he found the back of the net on his A-League maiden debut.
"This is obviously a very positive story and it's going to get a lot of public attention for a number of reasons," Djite said.
"And one of them is the lack of emerging high-level talent [in Australia].
"So whenever there is someone who shows a glimmer of hope, everyone jumps on to it and that is part of the reason so many are talking about Al Hassan."
Toure has reportedly had the maturity and mental strength to deal with all the attention as he makes the decision on his international future.
"I told him, you don't need agents, you don't need any of these outside influences because none of them helped you to do what you're doing now," Djite said.
"There's coaches and football directors all over the world dealing with young kids with all the talent and not the mentality.
"One of the real strengths of Al Hassan is his mentality; it's fantastic, the way he goes about his business, the way he carries himself.
"It's something he needs to keep because you have seen it a thousand times before in all different walks of life, people with all the skill and talent in the world and just mentally they can't deal with it and ... it ends up being a sort of ball and chain to their potential success."
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