Barca’s Ballou unsure on national team

Barcelona B winger Ballou Tabla has admitted he is not sure if he will choose to play for Ivory Coast or Canada at international level.

The 18-year-old moved to Canada aged eight and he qualifies to play for both nations, leaving Montreal Impact to join Barca’s B team.

“It's difficult because Didier (Drogba, a former Ivory Coast international) is so big for my country,” Ballou is cited as saying by ESPN FC.

“All my family and all my friends support him. He's like the president of Ivory Coast, you know.

“It's a big decision for me. I am proud when I hear about him, when people talk about him, because when people talk about him they talk about Ivory Coast.

“But now I just want to have fun, play and, when the moment comes to take the decision, it will come. But Didier tells me to not stress about it, just to focus on playing.

“I don't think he was that young when he started playing with the national team — he was maybe 24, 25 — so you just have to focus on your club, enjoy the experience and the time with the national team will come. There's no rush.”

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