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Chelsea youngster Franco di Santo is locked in a battle of wills with Luiz Felipe Scolari over the Argentine’s desire to represent his country.

The striker has infuriated the Chelsea boss by insisting he wants to play in the South American Under-20 Championship, which starts on January 19.

However, Scolari is not willing to let the youngster join Sergio Batista's squad because of the shortage of strikers at Stamford Bridge.

“I spoke to Scolari and he told me that he wouldn’t let me go,” Di Santo told Argentine television yesterday.

“There are only three strikers in the squad: Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and me, and he told me that he needs me to stay in London.”

The Argentine football federation hopes Fifa will insist that Chelsea allow Di Santo to travel, and reports in Argentina suggest national coach Diego Maradona will attempt to convince the club to allow him to play.

“It makes me proud that Maradona is interested in my case,” said Di Santo.

The 19-year-old said Chelsea captain John Terry was also in support of his cause.

“I spoke to John Terry a couple of times in the last couple of days and he said I was right to go and play.

“He said I’m only on the bench and need to get minutes in the team so I get noticed.

“I’m always on the bench, I’ve only played eight games this season, always coming on in the last ten or 15 minutes.”

Source: Setanta

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I agree, there is little point holding onto him if he isn't going to get a game. If he isn't even going to start against Southend then i think he isn't likely to get much game time during the period where he will be representing his country.

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