Milan midfielder Jose Mauri’s decision to turn down a call from Italy to wait for Argentina is “to be respected.”
The 19-year-old has been in Italy since 2013, when he played for the Parma youth academy and became a regular in their squad last season.
With the club’s bankruptcy, he joined Milan as a free agent, but is yet to feature for his new club.
This week Mauri received a call to play for the Italy Under-20 squad, but turned it down, as he wants to wait for Argentina.
“Jose Mauri is a good kid and a fine player,” noted Italy Under-21 Coach Gigi Di Biagio.
“By choosing not to accept the Under-20 call, he made a decision that is to be respected. He had been sent to the Under-20s so he could play a little, seeing as he never plays for Milan.
“Obviously if he feels Argentinean today then he won’t feel Italian in a month, so I don’t think we’ll try to call him any time soon.”