Luis Enrique, the head coach of the Spanish national team, has denied reports that Nico Williams’ first call-up was made to prevent him from playing for Ghana.
After making one appearance for Spain in 2016, Nico’s older brother, Inaki, recently changed nationalities to play for the Black Stars.
The 20-year-old Nico was rumoured to be considering joining the four-time AFCON Champions, who have qualified for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
As stated by the British publication the Guardian, Luis Enrique defended his invitation to Nico Williams to join La Roja saying, “I’m not doing this to stop from him going with Ghana; he’s young and a very interesting player.
“He’s playing more often with Athletic now. He’s progressing wonderfully. I like him enormously. We’ve had him in the junior squad and have been following him for a long time. I reckon the family will be delighted: imagine the party if they both go to the World Cup. And they reach the final, well, that would be the absolute business.”
Athletic Bilbao defeated Rayo Vallecano 3-2 on Saturday in La Liga, with both Williams brothers scoring together in a game for the first time.