PSG won't release Warren Zaire-Emery for Euro U17

Warren Zaire-Emery, PSG
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Warren Zaire-Emery will spend the end of the season with the first team of PSG and he will be retained in the capital of France by the leaders of the Ligue 1 after the club announced that they won't allow WZE to play for the national U17 side through May.

Now a fully-integrated member of the PSG rotation used weekly by coach Christophe Galtier, Paris Saint-Germain is wary of letting WZE go and thus having more players absent from an already-depleted squad.

The 17-year-old midfielder, a true superstar in the making, could have joined the France U17 team to compete in the U17 Euro (from May 17 to June 2) but that doesn't seem to be the case judging by the latest reports.

According to L'Equipe, coach Jean-Luc Vannuchi wanted to call up the PSG player for the running of the competition making him a staple of the French underage midfield. However, the dates of the U17 Euro don't quite align with those of PSG (still mired in a high-stakes fight to conquer the Ligue 1 title).

Ultimately, the club from the capital have decided to refuse to release the player and allow him to compete with the rest of the French internationals.

Jean-Luc Vannuchi made public on Tuesday morning the list of 21 players who will compete from May 17 (until June 2 in Hungary) for the Under-17 Euro. The greatest hope of this promotion of 2006, Warren Zaire-Emery, who was upgraded to the France U19 team in recent months, is not included in it due to PSG's ban of the call-up.

Vannuchi was surely interested in adding WZE to his side, though he was molly-blocked by PSG. The dates were never going to help the coach, though, as FIFA stipulates that when international underage tournaments overlap club competitions, teams have the right to veto call-ups without repercussions.

The clubs, therefore, have the option of releasing their players or not. PSG did not wish to release their young midfielder. The club has announced that the decision was taken "after an exchange between Christophe Galtier and WZE," adding that it included "the player's consent."

Full list of players called up by France U17

Goalkeepers: Argney (Le Havre, L2), Niflore (Toulouse).

Defenders: Gadou (PSG), Kayi Sanda (Valenciennes, L2), Meupiyou Menadjou (Nantes), Sadi (Valenciennes, L2), Sangui (Reims), Sinaté (Monaco), Titi (Troyes).

Midfielders: Bouabre (Monaco), Bouneb (Valenciennes, L2), Ferro (Strasbourg), F. Sylla (Lens), D. Traoré (Nice).

Next. Reports indicate PSG are already negotiating with Jose Mourinho. dark

Attackers: Bouchenna (Clermont), T. Diallo (Strasbourg), Kroupi (Lorient), Lambourde (Rennes), Issoufou (Montpellier), Tincres (Monaco).