Mainz 05 attacking midfielder Yunus Malli has opted to represent Turkey at senior international level.
The rising star played for the Germany U21 side as a youth but has decided to switch allegiances and represent the country of his parents.
Mainz 05 shared a tweet on their official Twitter account confirming that Malli will play for Turkey and that he has been selected for the Crescent-Stars clash against Qatar in November.
— 1. FSV Mainz 05 (@Mainz05en) October 29, 2015
The Habertürk report quotes Malli as saying: “I have always said I would love to play for the Turkish national team.”
The report described Malli as being the ‘new’ Mesut Özil. The 23-year-old has hit the ground running this season scoring six goals in 10 league games – only Thomas Muller, Aubameyang and Lewandowski have a higher tally.
“I am honoured to represent Turkey and cannot wait to start playing,” Malli told the Milliyet newspaper.
Turkish national team manager Fatih Terim has been in Germany scouting players in the Bundesliga and held a meal with Hakan Çalhanoğlu, Malli and Ömer Toprak.