La Roja works with a list of 90 ‘foreign’ players. They are all related to Chile and could be called in the future. One of them is Franco Vega (18), midfielder who plays in the Vélez Sarsfield reserve and was discovered by Ricardo García, scouting for the national team.
Vega was born in September 2001 in Neuquén, Argentina. Her paternal grandparents are Chilean. “My ideal position is the offensive midfield. I really like to attack, but when you have to defend, I also fight to recover, ”he tells AS. This is how it is defined.
The national team’s technical office, led by Cristián Leiva, He has had it in his sights for years: “I am sincere and I am very happy that Chile is interested in me”Says Franco Vega, who was in Boca Juniors between 13 and 15 years old.
In 2017, when he was released, he traveled to Chile to try himself in Huachipato: “I had the opportunity to go to Concepción, but since I had nowhere to stay there (his family lives in Neuquén), I went back to Argentina ”. At that time the option to go to Vélez arose.
“My old man got me a test and I stayed,” says Vega, who started soccer when he was four years old. “At 9 years old I played in Comarca Infantil (a neighborhood club) and at 11 I was in Petrolero and Patagonia, two amateur clubs.”
– How do you evaluate your experience in Vélez?
– I have the opportunity to be part of the reserve squad and before I was able to train with the First Division team, when (Gabriel) Heinze was there. The truth is that I take many things from that experience. Good and not so good, but surely I learned a lot.
– Are you open to play for Chile or Argentina?
– Until now I have had no contact with Chile, but without a doubt it would be a great door for my career. I am Argentine because I was born here, but if I can play in Argentina or Chile, both are teams and in any case I would take it with the responsibility that is due.
– Does a Chilean player attract your attention?
– Matías Fernández. I looked at it at the World Cup. And Pablo Galdames? I know him from Vélez. I just got close to him when he got to his first day of training. We talked about what the coach asked us, since we were playing in the same position.
– And a footballer from anywhere in the world?
– Currently I look at Frenkie de Jong a lot. He is a young footballer, but I think he is a complete midfielder. I always see Barcelona. Before, I liked to see (Andrés) Iniesta.