Chelsea target and Middlesbrough star Adama Traore to receive surprise Spanish call to link-up World Cup squad

The Middlesbrough winger is due to be rewarded for his stunning Championship form by national boss Julen Lopetegui.

However, the 22-year-old will not be packing his bags for Russia just yet.

Spain face Switzerland on June 3 as they round off their preparations for the summer showpiece.

The 2010 champions named their 23-man squad last week that they hope will lead them to global dominance once again.

But with the six Real Madrid men included being given extended breaks after the Champions League final, Lopetegui’s outfit will be a little light to take on the Swiss.

And Sport reports that he will now invite a number of young players to take their places for the friendly, including the ex-Barcelona and Aston Villa man.

Boro’s Traore has produced the best performances of his career since Tony Pulis took over at The Riverside in late December.

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The livewire flanker bagged five goals and provided 10 assists to help his side into the play-offs and made his Under-21s debut for La Roja in March against Northern Ireland.

He will be joined at the Spanish training camp by Pablo Maffeo, who is leaving Manchester City for Stuttgart next month, and five other starlets.

Traore’s revival in 2018 has reportedly reignited Chelsea’s interest in the £30million-rated attacker.

The Blues were keen on him a year ago but were put off by the huge fee and his inconsistent displays.

But his displays under Pulis have allegedly convinced Stamford Bridge chiefs to test the waters again – although the Teessiders will be desperate to hold onto the ace.

Meanwhile, Spain kick-off their quest for glory against Portugal on June 16 at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

Five days later they face Iran at the home of Rubin Kazan.

And they conclude Group B with a showdown at Kaliningrad Stadium against Morocco on June 25.


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