Groningen forward Richairo Zivkovic wants to continue playing for the Netherlands national side despite an invitation from Serbia.

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zivkovic bThe 17 year old has been a revelation for Groningen so far this season, and scored two goals in the opening two games of the season in August.

A number of top clubs were present in the Euroborg to watch the talent in action, including English Premier League side Liverpool, but Groningen held on to their prized asset.

The player’s father is from Dutch Caribbean island Curaçao, while his mother hails from Serbia, and Zivkovic himself was born in Assen in Netherlands.

Despite interest from Serbia, Zivkovic, who last week played for Netherlands U18’s against Scotland, wants to continue playing for the country of his birth.

Zivkovic told RTV, “I had a better feeling in Oranje. I have known these guys for something like six years. I know the language.”

Until Zivkovic makes his debut for the full Netherlands national side, he still has the chance to switch allegiances to Serbia so the battle for the forward may rumble on for a few years.

Clearly a talented forward, Netherlands will want to ensure that Zivkovic keeps his word with them, as the man dubbed the new Arjen Robben, may turn out to be an important player in the future.

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