It’s no lie to say that Marcelo Flores is one of Mexico’s biggest promises for the next 15 years, as the talent he’s showed both with Arsenal U-23 and the Mexican Youth National Teams is something that El Tri has been lacking for decades.
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Although Gerardo “Tata” Martino refuses to give him a spot on the senior roster for an official match, he already has two caps in friendly games, against Chile and Guatemala, his talent hasn’t gone unnoticed for different clubs.
Even the Argentine coach knows of his talent, but he refuses to call him as he knows that he still needs to be taken slowly and finish his process, as he has yet to debut in Premier League and also needs to improve his physical.
As if that wasn’t enough, Martino is known for blacklisting players from the Mexican national team after they do or say something that don’t match with his ideals, something people are fearing he’s going to do with Flores after the 18-year-old offensive midfielder said that he wants to play in the World Cup, either with El Tri or Canada.
His chance for consolidating in a top-tier division is close
For now, it seems like the only way in which Martino won’t have any other choice than to take him to the World Cup, is if Flores manages to consolidate himself in a top-tier division, as he already received his first call-up for a Premier League game this season, but he didn’t get to debut.
Although Mikel Arteta will consider him for the 2022-23 season to be part of the bench of the first team, Marcelo Flores has also the possibility of moving to Spain, as FC Barcelona, who asked about him in the past, have showed interest once again.
His arrival at Camp Nou could speed up thanks to Rafael Márquez, who reports indicate that will join La Masía to coach an academy team, either the U-17 or the U-20. Having a Mexican like Márquez in Barcelona will be of great aid for both parties once negotiations start.
Will he play for Canada?
Although Flores said that his goal is to play in Qatar 2022 and that Canada has offered him to be part of the final roster, the 18-year-old offensive midfielder has always declined the Canadians invitations, as he’s committed to play for El Tri.