RB Leipzig captain Willi Orban has put an end to months of speculation by declaring for the Hungarian national team. The 25-year-old could make his international debut later this month in the UEFA Nations League.
Born in Kaiserslautern to a Hungarian father and Polish mother, Orban announced his decision on Monday after being called up for Hungary’s upcoming UEFA Nations League encounters against Greece and Estonia.
Congratulations Willi #Orban on your call-up to the Hungary national team! 🇭🇺— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) October 1, 2018
Our captain will now be a teammate of Péter #Gulácsi for both club and country 🤗
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Orban, who won two caps with Germany’s U21 side back in 2014, had previously discussed his desire to represent Germany at international level after breaking onto the scene as part of a dynamic Leipzig side.
"I’m not ruling anything out," Orban told the Münchner Merkur in 2017. "The German national team would definitely be my first choice. With Hungary or Poland, my chance would probably come along quicker, but I’m not really the type of person, who just chooses the simplest path."
Given Germany’s depth of talent at centre-back though, Orban has accepted the invitation from Hungary and will now join Leipzig teammate Peter Gulasci in the national team set-up.