Sébastien Desabre, coach of the Leopards of DR Congo, gave explanations on the non-call-up of Aaron Wan-Bissaka for the friendly against Uganda on June 14, and the decisive trip to Gabon on June 18 (fifth day of the qualifiers for CAN 2023).
This Monday, the French technician published his list of the 27 Leopards selected for the next international window. A list that includes the notable absence of Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Manchester United), hoped for by supporters. Passed at a press conference, the coach justified his choice to do without the 25-year-old right-back, in particular by evoking his low playing time at the club.
“As for Wan-Bissaka, he is a player who has a lot of ties with the DR Congo. He is a player who has makes a training center in the DRC. (…) Indeed, I went to Crystal Palace to see his parents. We more or less decided on a roadmap. Now there is a reality. The one that the player must chain matchestempered Desabre.
He knows the door is open. It’s the same for all players. Coming to the national team means choosing from the heart. (…) That’s what we expect. It’s not worth calling players every day or seducing them. It was made for Aaron. He is a magnificent kid with a good state of mind and a good education. But he still needs a little time. I think in my intimate conviction that he will come. »
— LEOPARDSFOOT (@leopardsfoot) May 29, 2023
Insufficient playing time
Put in competition with Diogo Dalot, Wan-Bissaka has only played half of the Premier League matches this season with the Red Devils (19 appearances). If it is still too early to talk about selection, the native of London could however be part of the list of Leopards for the international break in September, he who ends the season on a good note (5 starts in the last 6 games). Provided by then to save playing time and demonstrate a slightly more assertive desire to join the country of his origins.