Manchester United youngster Tahith Chong has a decision to make over his international future.
Chong has represented Netherlands six times at under-21 level. He has also played for the under-19s, under-17s, under-16s and even under-15s.
But having so far fallen short of featuring for the senior Netherlands side, Chong is being presented with a choice.
De Telegraaf report Chong, 21, has been named in Curacao’s preliminary squad for the upcoming Concacaf Gold Cup.
Chong was born in the Netherlands Antilles and has Curacao citizenship.
At this stage Chong has not formally accepted the request. He is one of a several Dutch youth international who Curacao are looking to represent their country.
Curacao’s current manager is former Netherlands boss Guus Hiddink.
The island nation is ranked 79 in the world and can count former Newcastle defender Vurnon Anita among their players.
Curacao have unfortunately already been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup qualifying rounds, recently losing 2-1 to Panama over two legs.
The nation is due to formally announce their Gold Cup squad next week, giving Chong a few days to weigh up his decision.
Decision could impact his early season
Playing international football will be tempting for Chong, although he might not want to give up his dream of playing for the Netherlands just yet.
The Gold Cup kicks off in July, with Curacao due to face El Salvador on July 10 and Mexico on July 15.
It is around this time when Manchester United’s players will be settling in for pre-season. Some could even return as soon as July 1, although those at the Euros and Copa American will join the group in late July.
Chong is one of the players who does need an early return. His chances of breaking through at United are already slim after a disappointing pair of loan spells at Werder Bremen and then Club Brugge. He was unable to hold down a regular starting spot at either side.
Even if Chong’s future lies away from United, a strong pre-season could benefit him, and if he is sold, it may suit him to find a new club as quickly as possible.
Chong has to weigh up his own international ambitions, and also consider whether featuring at the Gold Cup could also help put him in the shop window.
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