Of the many exciting prospects in the Manchester City youth system, 17-year-old Brahim Díaz is perhaps the one who has received the most hype in the last couple of years.
The Spanish attacker, signed from Málaga in 2013, has been a revelation in the youth teams, and shortly after his 17th birthday he made his first-team debut in the EFL Cup, replacing Kelechi Iheanacho in September’s win over Swansea City.
Brahim signed his first professional contract with City later that month and has now been called up to play in an important charity match for the Andalusia national team later this month.
Andalusia will face a La Liga XI (mostly comprised of lower league players) in a charity match titled ‘Champions for Life’ on December 29 at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.
Brahim will join the likes of Suso (AC Milan), José Antonio Reyes (Espanyol) and Joaquín Sánchez (Betis) in the 27-man squad, and the fact he has received the call at his age is another indication of how highly thought of he is in the game.
Representing Andalusia will not impact his eligibility to play for Spain, as like many regions in Spain, it is an autonomous team, not affiliated with UEFA or FIFA, that assembles mainly for friendly matches.
Brahim was born in Málaga, the second-most populous city of Andalusia, making him eligible to represent this team as well as Spain.