The newspaper, “Mundo Deportivo”, close to Barcelona, revealed that the rising Moroccan star strongly in the Catalan team, Abdel Samad Zalzouli, decided to give up representing his country’s national team, and therefore refused to carry the Moroccan shirt after the last invitation addressed to him by the Bosnian “Atlas Lions” coach Wahid Khalilozidic. To be among the expected squad for Morocco in the upcoming African Nations Cup in Cameroon next January.
The disclosure of the matter came through a tweet by Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, who said that Zelzouli, who is currently suffering from the Corona virus, decided to focus more with his team, and wait for an invitation from the Spanish Federation to carry the “Matador” shirt.
Zalzouli was greatly affected by the pressure exerted on him by his club Barcelona, especially since he became one of the important cards for the team’s attack, and he began to have his chance as a main player, but playing for Morocco will make him miss nine matches in the next January and February.
Zalzouli may repeat a similar scenario to a number of Moroccan players who changed their minds at the last moment, but ended up playing very short periods with European teams, the last of them, former Barcelona star Munir El Haddadi, who responded to the invitation of former Spain coach Del Bosque, but he actually played only a few minutes And he did not return to the Moroccan national team, except after changing the laws of FIFA, and by a decision of the International Court of Cass.
It is noteworthy that Zalzouli is from the Moroccan city of Beni Mellal, and immigrated to Spain at a young age, and holds Moroccan and Spanish nationalities, and is considered one of the most promising young names in Barcelona today.
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