Bournemouth loanee Juan Iturbe has made his decision about which national team he will represent, with Argentina and Paraguay both vying for his signature.
However, the 22-year-old, who was born in Buenes Aires in Argentina has made the bold decision to snub Lionel Messi’s Argentina in favour of playing for Paraguay.
Iturbe joined Eddie Howe’s side in January on a season-long loan deal from Serie A giants AS Roma and it is understood that Bournemouth do have an option so sign the midfielder on a permanent basis.
Iturbe is yet to set the Premier League alight of course, having made just two appearances from the bench since his move from Italy.
Yet that hasn’t stopped Argentina and Paraguay from battling it out for the highly-rated youngster, who has been compared to Messi in the past.
But now Iturbe has confirmed that he will play for Paraguay via Twitter… not exactly the most romantic way of confirming your footballing nationality…
— Juan Manuel Iturbe (@Juan_iturbe93) March 7, 2016
Luckily, @RobertoRojas97 was on hand to translate…
I've translated Juan Iturbe's last tweet in English regarding his decision to play for the Paraguayan national team. pic.twitter.com/jsi8qnnCyl
— Roberto Rojas (@RobertoRojas97) March 7, 2016
It’s unclear exactly why Iturbe is choosing to line up alongside Lucas Barrios and Nelson Valdez instead of Angel di Maria and Sergio Aguero.
Maybe his family, upbringing and current club have all had a say in Iturbe’s decision?
Then again, maybe the former Hellas Verona star has realised he’s got a slightly better chance of breaking into the Paraguay team…