Atletico Madrid and France Under-21 defender Lucas Hernandez has reportedly accepted an offer from Spain to represent them at the World Cup.

According to Marca, the process for Lucas to obtain Spanish citizenship has already begun after he grew tired of waiting for his chance with the French seniors.

The centre-back was born in Marseille but left his country of birth in 2005, aged just nine, before joining Atleti two years later.

The newspaper explains La Roja boss Julen Lopetegui has already identified Gerard Pique, Sergio Ramos, Nacho Fernandez and Marc Bartra as his four centre-backs and wants the 21-year-old to act as cover for the quartet.

Although bureaucratic problems would be delaying his passport application, Marca assures “the intervention of the Spanish government can accelerate the process” in time for next summer.

Lucas’ brother, Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez, has also expressed a willingness to represent Spain.

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