Moyes reject called up for Germany - 'I feel more Albanian'

Manchester United boss David Moyes let him go in 2012 - and now he is a German international. But Shkrodan Mustafi feels more Albanian...

Shkrodan Mustafi has had a pretty good week. This afternoon his Sampdoria side came through a tough encounter with Torino 2-0, and earlier in the week he was celebrating a first call-up to the full German national side.

Mustafi has played for the German side at youth levels all the way from under-16 level up to under-21 and now has the opportunity to impress Jogi Low ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

And some of you might just be thinking - ‘I know that name from somewhere’.

Well chances are you are an Everton fan - because he was a young talent at the club between 2009 and 2012.

He was signed by The Toffees from Hamburg in 2009 but only ever made one appearance for the club - in an experimental side against BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

In January 2012 David Moyes let him go - the now Manchester United boss apparently happy that he would not become a first-teamer at Goodison Park - and he joined Sampdoria.

That certainly looks like a mistake now - but Mustafi has made some interesting comments about the call-up.

Just like a young player Moyes DOES have faith in, Adnan Januzaj, Mustafi comes from Albanian heritage -and could have played for the side.

And he admitted in a recent interview that he does feel more Albanian than German - although said there was never any doubt about representing Germany:

"I have had huge luck that I could enjoy a top football education with the DFB. For me as a German junior international, there was never a question of playing for another country. But Albanian was always spoken at home and we ate Albanian food. I feel more Albanian than German, even though I was born there, but there was never a question of playing for Albania."

Hopefully Januzaj will follow suit and play for England!

image: © tjuel

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