Perhaps there will be a twinge of heart at the time of the hymns. But from the start, there is no more room for feelings. Born in Paris and trained in Nantes, Loïc Nego will defend the Hungarian selection jersey this Saturday against France (3pm) at the Euro.

However, the right-back – now 30 years old – has long worn the jersey of the Blues in the youth categories. The native of the Parisian suburbs had even been European U19 champion in 2010, alongside a certain Antoine Griezmann. “A great time, I had a great generation with Griezmann. We won a great trophy in U19. I had more than 30 selections in youth. moments that are there, in my memory, “he recalls in an interview with UEFA.

This Saturday in Budapest, the player of MOL Fehervard (ex-Videoton) will play a meeting of particular flavor against the French team. A match which reserves him a reunion with ‘Grizi’ but also Wissam Ben Yedder, whom he frequented a lot in his youth.

“Griezmann, we won the European Championship. It will be special to see him again, to think that we will be against each other. We were in the bedroom together, all the time together, said – He. We have beautiful memories, lived beautiful things. Ben Yedder, with whom I grew up, we come from the same suburb, we talk often. There will be emotions, but we will have to take some pleasure.”

Naturalized Hungarian in 2019, while he has now been settled in the Magyar country for several years now, Loïc Nego is preparing for a special meeting but does not want to be overwhelmed through emotion. “I don’t know how to describe it … It’s exceptional. To be on the field against France … We will have to play, I will return to the field, there will be emotion, but a once the whistle blows we forget, and I will fight until the end. “

In the interview granted to UEFA, the Franco-Hungarian confided to expect a complicated opposition but in which he wants to compete against a leader of the continent: “Until Proof to the contrary, they are the best team in the world. No doubt. But each team has its weaknesses. Saturday, it will be a match where we are not going to say to each other ‘they are champions’, we will put everything you can, play to come out happy. “