Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez is now a serious target for the Algerian national team. Djamel Belmadi and his staff will attend OM’s next game in Ligue 1, against Rennes, to have a watch of the young central midfielder.
Lopez’s older brother Julien, who plays for Paris FC, has already chosen the Desert Foxes at international level and now Algeria are looking to recruit the services of younger brother Maxime.
The 20-year-old has an Algerian mother and a Spanish father, and was also born in France making him eligible for three different nations.
His Algerian side of the family come from Bejaia, and Lopez has never ruled out the possibility of representing Algeria. Marseille is renowned for its Algerian population.
Although he is short at just 5ft 5, he is extremely talented on the ball and provides some brilliant forward passes. He has been at Marseille since he was just 12 years old.
Last season, he made 45 appearances in all competitions at club level and helped Marseille reach the final of the Europa League. He wears the number 27 shirt for Marseille.
We hope that Lopez picks Algeria, which would be a huge addition to the squad with less than a year to go until the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.