Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal has hinted that he would invite Villarreal’s winger Arnaut Danjuma to the Oranje squad for next month’s international break.
The latest news is a blow to Nigeria’s hopes of getting the former Bournemouth star to play for them at international level.
Danjuma is eligible to play for the three-time African champions as he was born in Lagos to a Nigerian mother and a Dutch father.
Although he has two appearances for the Dutch national team, with one goal to his name, it was in a Nations League and friendly encounter.
And with the player making both appearances at 21, Danjuma is still eligible to play for the Super Eagles according to FIFA rules.
However, following Van Gaal’s latest comments, it appears the three-time African champions will miss out on the 24-year-old.
Danjuma is not in the Dutch squad for the current international break, but Van Gaal revealed the former Bournemouth winger is in his plans.
The former Manchester United manager revealed Danjuma was not invited to the Netherlands squad this month because he changed team, but having settled in well at Villarreal, he’s likely to get an invitation next month.
“He has changed clubs, Van Gaal told the media as per Football Oranje.
He did that quite late, and he didn’t play in the first phase either. He generally fell in. He’s been doing great in the last four games and can be there, but I haven’t decided on that.
“I don’t need you for that to see that he’s doing well.”
“I can’t imagine he won’t be there next time, the former Barcelona manager added.
Danjuma has been in superb form this season, scoring five times in eight games for the Yellow Submarines, including four in six La Liga games.