Chelsea youth goalkeeper Sami Tlemcani has decided to change his international allegiance from Morocco to Algeria.
The 18-year old keeper, who joined Chelsea from Paris FC in 2018, was born in France to an Algerian father and a Moroccan mother and had the choice to represent all 3 nations.
After previously featuring for Morocco at the U20 level, and even get called up to the Morocco A national team for a World Cup qualifier in 2021, Tlemcani has decided to represent the nation of his father.
Tlemcani will likely start his career with the Desert Foxes with the Algeria U23 national team, as they prepare to qualify for the 2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations.
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Unconfirmed reports that Chelsea goalkeeper Sami Tlemcani has chosen to play for Algeria and switch over from Morocco, which he previously represented
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