Crystal Palace coach, Patrick Vieira, says that Nigerian youngster, Michael Olise, should make a personal decision about which country he will represent at senior international level.
Olise, 20, has been capped twice by France at the U-18 level, but is eligible to play for one of the four countries that include two African or two European nations at senior international level, namely; Nigeria, Algeria, France or England.
Olise was born in the United Kingdom – precisely London, to a Nigerian father and French-Algerian mother, hence his eligibility to play for any of the four countries.
His younger brother, Richard Olise, a wing-back, who plays for Chelsea Academy side, currently represents England at the youth level.
Vieira was asked about Olise’s international career during a post-match press conference ahead of Crystal Palace’s Premier League home game against Manchester City scheduled for Monday March 14 2022.
“This is a decision he has to make as a player – it’s a family decision,” Vieira is quoted as saying in a report by Football.london.
“He hasn’t come to me to ask for advice. What is important for him is to play well. His focus and concentration has to be Crystal Palace, training well and keep on performing well.
“When he was at Reading, talking to the manager at the time, he really believed Michael has the quality to play in the Premier League
“It was about creating somewhere he can keep improving.”
Vieira added: “We knew how good he was and since he’s been with us he was injured and then came through difficult first months, not training and playing.
“He was frustrated, he managed to get back on the field and his work ethic is unbelievable.
“He wants to spend time on the field and improve himself, the more he plays the more confidence he’ll get and he’s managed to get the trust of his teammates.
“He’s playing well, enjoying his football.”
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