The attacking midfielder has been called unruly by the head coach of his country.
The manager of the Moroccan men’s national team says that Hakim Ziyech has no chance of coming back to the team, even if his name was Lionel Messi. Ziyech is a star at Chelsea.
The manager has been asked about Ziyech’s exclusion from the Africa Cup of Nations, which Morocco lost in the quarter-finals to Egypt. Ziyech was not allowed to play.
“But I think Ziyech’s behavior on national team duty is not in line with the selection.”
People who can change the balance of the group don’t get chosen by me. Even if his name is Lionel Messi, he won’t be able to play for us. He doesn’t act in a way that fits the group. He doesn’t want to train or play. He doesn’t think it’s important. I won’t beg him to come back.
Afterwards of the tournament three years ago, he was the most talked about. He was booed by people. You can’t forget about that.
The big picture:
Ziyech has struggled for playing time at Chelsea in his first two seasons at the club after moving from Ajax as a prized player. He started just 24 games in the Premier League and had 10 goal assists.
A few times, his form has been a little iffy. He’s had knee, hip, and shoulder problems in the past. There is one thing, though. He has already scored in his last two league games, which could help him have a strong second half of the 2021-22 season.
It looks like Ziyech won’t play for Morocco again soon. The last time he played for them was last June in a friendly against Burkina Faso, and he may not play again soon.
Afterward, Halilhodzic said that his behavior in the last two games, especially the last one, was not that of a national team player who, as a team leader, should be a good example for the rest of the team.
A: “He came late, and after that didn’t even want to work.” As a coach, the answer is easy to see.
Ziyech and Noussair Mazraoui were also left at home by Halilhodzic when he went to the African Cup of Nations.
During the last 16, Morocco beat Malawi 2-1. They lost to Egypt in the last eight.