The ambition to play in all the major tournaments

At age 23, I have already played in championship tournaments in France, Italy and Spain, but the techniques of the game differ from country to country.

In Spain, the game is more technical, and players take more risks. In France, there are very technically-skilled players, but teams tend not to take too many risks: it’s better not to concede goals than to score as many as possible. In Italy, it’s more tactical and it’s often harder to score.

I prefer Italy because I can continue to learn. Football is a game, and I still want to continue to progress, with the confidence of my coach.

Since 2009, I’ve been selected for the French national team in almost all categories: under-17, under-18 (with 5 goals in the bag), under-19, under-20 and under-21 (known in French as The Hopefuls – the rising stars), which is the last stage before the A-team.

That year, on 13 July 2013, with the French under-20s (Bleuets – Junior Blues), which included Paul Pogba, Yaya Sanogo and Florian Thauvin, we won the U20 World Cup: a wonderful memory. We formed a tight-knit group. In addition to our personal qualities, we were all working toward the same goal, with no competition between us: the goal of coming home with a victory.

Less than a month after that, Didier Deschamps, manager of the national team, called me up to join the French squad against Belgium.

In March 2015, I was called up for the Blues again to play against Denmark and Brazil, and a little later on, against Albania, wearing the number-10 jersey. The last time I was selected for the French national team was in September 2016, against Belarus, and before that, in September 2015, against Serbia.