Paris Saint-Germain is determined to rely on all of their players and has decided not to release its young French talents for international competitions at the end of the 2022-23 season. Just a few days ago, Warren Zaire-Emery got blocked from attending the Euro U17. It's now El Chadaille Bitshiabu's turn to miss the U20 World Cup.
With a six-point lead over their closest competitor (Lens) in the Ligue 1, and only four games left in the French championship, PSG are in a good position to clinch its 11th league title. However, PSG's coach Christophe Galtier remains cautious and intends to use his entire squad to secure the title.
That means that, according to L'Equipe, PSG will refuse to release young defender El Chadaille Bitshiabu (17) for the Under-20 World Cup in Argentina, which will take place from May 20 to June 11 overlapping with the final matchdays of the Ligue 1 schedule.
This decision follows a similar refusal by the club to release its player Warren Zaire-Emery for Euro U17.
PSG's refusal has caused a headache for Landry Chauvin, the coach of the France U20 team, who has received 28 denials from clubs, as they are not obliged to release their players since the tournament takes place within the running league-seasons across Europe.
Several players, including Ben Seghir (AS Monaco), Desire Doue (Stade Rennais), Mohamed-Ali Cho (Real Sociedad), Malo Gusto (OL), Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich), and Elye Wahi (Montpellier HSC), will not make the list, either.
PSG loanee Ayman Kari, who currently plays for Lorient, will also not be called up, as the club do not wish to release him. Meanwhile, Edouard Michut, on loan at Sunderland (of the English Championship), will not participate in the U20 World Cup, as the 20-year-old midfielder is set to participate in the play-off for promotion to the Premier League after becoming an important starter with the Black Cats.
Landry Chauvin will have to rely on inexperienced players for the World Cup, including Yann Lienard, Jordan Semedo Varela (Monaco), Tanguy Zoukrou, Wilson Odobert (Troyes), Cheikh Keita (Reims), and Warren Bondo (Reggina), as reported by L'Equipe.
The French U20 team will face South Korea, Gambia, and Honduras in the group stage. The final team call-up list will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 10.