Real Madrid target Theo Hernandez went AWOL from France duty… because he’s trying to force his way into the Spain set-up.
The defender, 19, was due to report for duty with the French Under-21s – but was instead snapped soaking up the sun with pals in Marbella.
Hernandez – who is due to join Real Madrid this transfer window from rivals Atletico but has also been linked with Liverpool and Manchester City – was meant to be playing for France at the Under-20s World Cup.
However, he was allowed to give that a miss as Alaves – where he spent 2016-17 on loan – were taking on Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final, losing 3-1.
After being called in to France’s Under-21s training camp, Hernandez instead jetted off on holiday – much to the France set-up’s confusion.
The team’s coach Sylvain Ripoll had to admit he had no clue where his star man was.
He said: “Theo Hernandez is not here.
“There is no explanation for this at the moment. I have taken note of his absence.
“He’ll probably meet up in the next couple of weeks to explain things to the federation.”
Now it appears Hernandez intentionally failed to report for international duty as he would rather play for Spain.
Born in Marseille, the full-back has represented France at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 levels.
However, having joined Atletico Madrid in 2008, aged just ten-years-old, Hernandez has developed a loyalty to Spain.
Rather than talk out his differences, Hernandez appears to have decided instead to go on strike.