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Paraguay could pick Argentina-born Ortigoza

Paraguay boss Gerardo Martino is interested in calling up Argentina-born midfielder Nestor Ortigoza.

The 24-year-old has been in impressive form for Argentinos Juniors and earned a call-up to Argentina coach Diego Maradona's squad for a January training camp which ended up being cancelled.

Ortigoza's father Oscar was born in Paraguay so the player has the option to take Paraguayan citizenship.

And Martino revealed to La Red radio station that he has been tracking Ortigoza for some time.

"He is a player that I have been following for a while and I like him," he said.

Ortigoza is flattered by the interest and will contemplate his options when he receives a call-up.

"To have the attention of Paraguay and Argentina national squads means that I am doing things well," he told

"The day the call-up arrives I will talk with my family to analyse it and see what is the best for us."

Ortigoza could become the second Argentina-born man to wear the 'Albirroja' after midfielder Jonathan Santana accepted Martino's call prior to the 2007 Copa America.


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