“When I called him, he immediately abdicated”, Walid Regragui on Hakim Ziyech

At a press conference on Monday to unveil his first list, the coach of Morocco, Walid Regragui returned to his first exchanges with Hakim Ziyech who is back in selection.

Dismissed for a year because of his tense relations with Vahid Halilhodzic (ex-coach), Hakim Ziyech has made his comeback in the first list of the new coach of the Atlas Lions for the preparation matches for the 2022 World Cup. against Chile on September 23 and Paraguay on September 27. Obviously, the attacking midfielder of Chelsea was not difficult to convince for his return.

“When I called him, he immediately abdicated, he confided that he was impatient to return to the selection… It was an obligation to do everything to get Hakim back. I know he has quite a strong character, for example he can raise his hand in protest if I replace him, he is a player who does everything to assert himself on the pitch and play. We will wait for the Hakim that all Moroccans love… the one who fights on the lawn and who gives everything to his team. (…) I prefer players who discuss decisions rather than passive players who are simple performers. An angry player after being substituted, I don’t mind as long as he plays a good game. If he is unhappy, it proves that he wants to play, score and help the team. What matters is to help your own people win and to be up to it. As for me, I don’t have to have coffee every day with one player or another to understand us. The performance on the field will be the sole judge. He has a lot of quality, even if he doesn’t always play, he’s a Chelsea player, he’s not just any club.” declared at a press conference Regragui, in remarks relayed by african football.

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