Watford's Abdoulaye Doucouré waits on French call up, but open to Mali invite
Watford's Abdoulaye Doucouré waits on French call up, but open to Mali invite
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Watford's Abdoulaye Doucouré waits on French call up, but open to Mali invite

Watford midfielder is patiently waiting for the call up to the France national team at the same time he has not closed the door to Mali invite.

The 27-year-old former France youth international says he is hoping to get an invite to Les Bleus but remains cognizant to the fact that age is catching up with him.

“The French team is still close to my heart. It is true that the possibility of getting a call up gets more and more complicated as I advance in my age. But it has always been my dream and it is something I
will fight for as long as possible. I think I am at an age where I still have time. My decision is not
finalized," he said. 

Waiting for Malian invite

At the same time, the former Rennais player acknowledges the fact that he is eligible to play for Mali, the country of his parents, but notes that none of the Malian officials has approached him. 

"Today, of course, I am targeting the France team, but the Mali team has not yet approached me so we will wait and see in the years to come,” he said.

Doucouré was born in Meulan-en-Yvelines. He made his debut in the Ligue 1 during the 2012–2013 season. On 1 February 2016, Doucouré was snapped up by Premier League side Watford for an undisclosed fee and immediately sent him to La Liga club Granada CF on loan.

Doucouré made his first La Liga appearance one week later, as he came on as an 80th-minute substitute in a 1–2 home loss against Real Madrid.  He has scored his first goal for Watford on 4 March 2017, netting an injury-time consolation as Watford lost 3–4 to Southampton.

Doucouré was awarded the 'Player of the Season' title for Watford at the end of the 2017–18 season.

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