Abdel Zalzouli will not refuse to join the Moroccan national team for the upcoming African Cup of Nations. This is evidenced by the fact that he updated his Instagram profile, confirming his belonging to the “Atlas Lions”.
The talented winger moved to Barcelona from Hercules before the start of this season and will eventually appear in the reserve third division, where if he is in good shape, he can count on training with the first team and possibly making his debut in one team. One of the least demanding duels.
However, a number of health issues for Catalunya Duma’s offensive players mean the 20-year-old joined the Camp Nou on October 30 and appeared on the field in the final 10 minutes of the match against Deportivo Alaves (1-1).
Since then, Abdel-Zalzouli has not only been hired regularly by Xavi, but also gets a chance to show off his skills. Naturally, this fact did not lose sight of Vahid Halilhodzic’s attention.
The coach of the Moroccan national team drew attention to the young player when he signed his contract with Barcelona and then began to think seriously about sending him a call-up. The 69-year-old was initially afraid of throwing the wing into deep water, but after being promoted to the first team of the “Catalan Duma”, he had no doubts in this aspect.
For this reason, he has put the talented player on the strict list of eligible players for the upcoming ‘Africa’ tournament.
This information immediately alarmed representatives of Spanish football, who were preparing to take on the 20-year-old for his passport to the country from the Iberian Peninsula, and therefore quickly began to persuade the player to refuse the invitation to the tournament because of the prospect of playing in “La Fury Roja” .
There are many indications that Ezz Abdo did not submit to sudden pressure and decided to accept the call. This is evidenced primarily by the player’s updated official profile on Instagram, where besides the note about being a Barcelona player, he also set a record about representing Morocco.
Now, only the young winger can face an injury or … opposition from the authorities of the “Doma of Catalonia”, which could face the wrath of FIFA if the 20-year-old’s trip to Cameroon is banned between January 9 and February 6.
But the coach of the African national team hopes to reach a full agreement with the team from the Camp Nou and that he will not interfere in any other battle to persuade the winger to choose Spain.
– I spoke to him twice, he is looking forward to playing for Morocco, he is proud of that. We will communicate with Barcelona, its president and sporting director in this regard. The club cannot stop him from going to the tournament, but we want to reach an amicable agreement. Halilhodzic said: We will present our expectations and together we will find a solution that satisfies both parties.
Ez Abde can boast that he played eight games for Barcelona and scored one goal in the match against Osasuna (2:2).
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