Up and coming Schalke star Donis Avdijaj has opted to commit his international services to Albania rather than the World Cup winners Germany.
The 18 year-old, who is highly regarded at FC Schalke 04, was reportedly approached by the DFB to play for the German national team. However, Avdijaj has chosen to play for Albania – the original home of his family.
This has come as quite a surprise in Germany since the talented striker has played for Germany’s Under-19’s and at other levels for the country.
Avdjaj’s scoring record
His impressive goal scoring at youth level has attracted several top European clubs but Schalke are keen to their tabs on him. In 87 games, Avdijaj has netted 79 times.
Avdijaj made 13 appearances for the Germany Under-17’s and scored 10 goals and for the Under-16s he scored two goals in two games.
Liverpool were prepared to make a bid for the striker earlier this year but the club managed to convince their man to pen a new deal which keeps him at the club until 2019.
Clubs are still open to bid for the player but if they wish to negotiate with the Royal Blues they will have to activate his £41 million release clause in his contract (£4 million more than Julian Draxler).
A talented youngster elsewhere
Earlier this week, Norway brought on 15 year-old, Martin Odegaard in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria which they won 2-1.
He became the youngest player in history to make an appearance in the European Championships at just 15 and 300 days.
This breaks a 30 year record that was previously held by an Icelandic player named, Sigurdur Jonsson who featured in another Euro qualifier.
Odegaard is considered to be the next wonderkid and has been compared with Barcelona’s, Lionel Messi.
The Catalan club are keen to secure his services, as are Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.
Odgaard has learnt his craft training at several clubs around Europe even at a club in the Premier League.
The Norweigan has trained with Manchester United, who would also been interested in bringing back the International and in Germany with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
He could become the youngest player to appear at a European Championship final if Norway qualify for the next stage. They have won two games from three so far and sit in third behind Italy and Croatia in their group.