Facundo Pellistri is hoping for a rare game after being called back into Uruguay’s international squad.
Pellistri has joined Edinson Cavani in the squad after impressing in the World Cup qualifiers earlier in 2022, providing an assist against Venezuela.
Frustratingly, Pellistri can barely get a kick for loan side Alaves. He has played just five minutes of action for the La Liga strugglers. We wrote how United let Pellistri down by not recalling him, and nothing has changed to dissuade us from that view.
Pellistri spoke to ESPN about his lack of game time, and was pragmatic, claiming all he could do is work, despite not starting a club game in 2022.
The 20-year-old explained: “I train day by day, I give my best trying to add minutes and I am waiting for that. You always have to keep training and be ready for opportunities like these where you always have to be 100%.”
Pellistri was not getting much game time before his January call-up, and performed well in two surprise starts for Uruguay in important World Cup qualification matches, ensuring he was called up into these fixtures against Peru and Chile. If Uruguay win both, then they will book a place at Qatar 2022.
Talks up Araujo
Pellistri also chose to make some noteworthy comments on Uruguay teammate Ronald Araujo, who Manchester United have been linked with signing.
Araujo has just one year remaining on his Barcelona contract, and Mundo Deportivo report United are ‘pushing hard’ to try and sign him.
The centre-back filled in at right-back in El Clasico at the weekend and even scored in a memorable 4-0 win for Xavi’s side. Pellistri spoke very highly of him, expressing how much he likes playing alongside him.
The Manchester United youngster told ESPN that he felt an ‘incredible’ security lining up with Araujo, adding: “He is a beast physically and with the ball. I get along very well with him, I am calm to have him by my side.”
Araujo was recently talked up by Rio Ferdinand too, who told Vibe with Five that Araujo was one of two centre-backs he would choose to sign, along with PSG’s Marquinhos.