Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly admits he once had ambitions to play for France, but he doesn't regret his decision to opt for Senegal.
The 24-year-old was born in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, France, and started his career with Metz before moving Genk in Belgium and then to Napoli in 2014.
He has been in great form for Maurizio Sarri's outfit this season and it led to France manager Didier Didier Deschamps scouting him for a possible call-up for Les Bleus.
Deschamps admitted on TV that Koulibaly was an option for his squad ahead of Euro 2016, but was then told the defender had already represented Senegal.
Koulibaly, who only made his debut for the African country in September 2015, says he "waited a long time" for a France call-up, but is happy with his decision to represent Senegal.
"I was watching Canal Football Club, but I was with some friends, so I wasn’t really paying attention," he told RMC. "Then, I heard my name. Immediately, my friends sent me a message. He [Deschamps] must have missed something. I am not annoyed at him either. I heard that a member of the French national team’s scouting team came to watch Napoli vs Empoli recently but I thought it was for Laurini who is also French.
"I waited for a long time for a call up to the French national team. I knew when I joined Napoli that it could happen. But at the beginning of the the season I made my decision and I do not regret it. Senegal has a magnificent team."