Previous
Real Madrid
Barcelona
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details
Napoli
Nice
2
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Istanbul Basaksehir
Sevilla FC
1
2
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Celtic
FC Astana
5
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
FC Utrecht
Zenit St Petersburg
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Montreal Impact
Chicago Fire
1
0
LIVE 20'
Game Details
Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers
2
0
FT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Sunderland
1
1
FT
Game Details
Next

Judge grants bail to Spain's Villar

Spain
Read

Spanish FA names interim president

Spain
Read
MacedoniaMacedonia
SpainSpain
1
2
FT
Game Details

Spain's Julen Lopetegui hints Theo Hernandez could switch from France

Theo Hernandez spent last season on loan at Alaves from Atletico Madrid.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has not ruled out the possibility that Atletico Madrid defender Theo Hernandez could switch allegiance from France.

Theo, 19, burst onto the scene last season with a series of impressive displays on loan at Alaves from Atletico, including a fine goal in the Copa del Rey final defeat to Barcelona, and Real Madrid are reportedly set to trigger his €24 million release clause this summer.

Last week, the Atletico youth product, who was born in Marseille, failed to turn up for duty with France's under-21 squad, fuelling speculation that he could take advantage of his residency of over 10 years in Spain to declare for La Roja.

Speaking on the "El Larguero" radio show, Lopetegui said Theo's case was different to when Diego Costa switched allegiances from Brazil to Spain, but he did not rule out the possibility of him doing so in the future.

"We cannot pick him -- he is French, not Spanish," Lopetegui said. "We focus on those that we can pick. If he had Spanish nationality... It is a different case to Diego Costa. He is not part of our plans at the moment, we are just thinking about those who can help us qualify for the World Cup."

Current Chelsea and former Atletico striker Costa had represented Brazil in two friendlies before taking the decision to play for Spain at the 2014 World Cup.

He has since had a mixed time with Spain, missing out completely on Euro 2016, but is back in favour as first-choice striker under Lopetegui.

Theo has played 16 times in total for France's U18, U19 and U20 sides, and was due to represent Les Bleus at the ongoing Under-20 World Cup in South Korea, but was excused so he could play for Alaves in the Copa del Rey final.

Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football writer who covers La Liga and the Spain national team for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.