National coach Vahid Halilhodzic is firm: Abde Ezzalzouli has never refused the Atlas Lions. The technician tackles FC Barcelona, who tries to hold back his attacker.
Vahid Halilhodzic put an end to the debate concerning Abde Ezzalzouli, right winger of FC Barcelona, and his summons with the Atlas Lions for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (January 9-February 6).
“Abde is an incredibly talented young player who will have a great career. He has never refused the national team ”, calmly launches the technician to the Serbian media SportKlub.
“I think FC Barcelona is a problem because they don’t respect the African Cup of Nations enough. The big European clubs and FIFA simply do not respect it enough, ”added the Franco-Bosnian, firmly.
FC Barcelona, supported by a slew of Spanish sports media, tries to retain Ezzalzouli, contrary to FIFA regulations, by promising him a more important place within the club.
The Spanish Federation even tried to approach him for a possible change of sporting nationality (the player having played a few minutes with the Lion cubs U20).
“I’m sure Abde will show up at the rally on January 3rd. We are counting on him because we need a hard-hitting player like him. I think Barcelona will show wisdom and react correctly, ”Coach Vahid concluded on the matter.