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By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:58PM

PSV Eindhoven wonderkid Mohammed Ihattaren is not ready to make a choice between Netherlands and Morocco.


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The 17-year-old is now part of the PSV first team and that has started speculation over his international future.


Currently a part of Netherlands U19 side, Ihattaren has spoken with Ronald Koeman about his future in Oranje but is not yet ready to rule out a future with Morocco.


He told NOS about the talks with Koeman, “It was a conversation that left me feeling good.


“I am talking about it with my father, mother and brothers, but the final choice will come at a later time. I am now fully focused on PSV and now with the Oranje squad under 19 for the Elite Round games.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 18 2019 07:08PM

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman revealed that he has spoken with Mohammed Ihattaren, who is also being courted by Morocco.


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The 17-year-old has broken into the PSV Eindhoven first-team this season and is seen as one of Netherlands top talents. However, Morocco want the midfielder to pick the Atlas Lions over Oranje.


Speaking at his press conference on Monday, Koeman confirmed that he spoke with Ihattaren over his international future before Morocco did.


He said, “I was before Morocco. He was here with Oranje Under-19 in Zeist and then I spoke with him. We try to keep all the talents for the Oranje, but in the end it is the player’s choice. It keeps us busy. It is about him, but also about others. We showed Mohammed that we think he is a great talent. “


Ihattaren isn’t part of the Netherlands squad that will face Belarus and Germany over the next seven days, while Calvin Stengs is another youngster not selected. Koeman admitted he is interested in the AZ winger, “He is one of the players that we have deliberately followed recently,”

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 25 2019 01:57PM

The 22-year old confirmed his choice to represent Morocco instead of the Netherlands.


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Rabat – Moroccan footballer Oussama Idrissi spoke of his choice to represent Morocco with the Atlas Lions.


In an interview with Volkskrant, the footballer said that playing for Morocco “was a rational choice.”


“I am a footballer who had to make a choice. I have discussed with my parents what is best for my career,” he added.


He added that he has nothing “against the Netherlands,” just because he chose to represent Morocco.


“I was born and raised here [Netherlands] with the standards and values of this beautiful country. As a Muslim you basically follow the culture of your father. And my father is Moroccan,” Idrissi explained.


The footballer also expressed his attachment to his father in the interview.


“I am very passionate and fairly independent. When I read back my interviews, it seems like I hear my father talking. He is a wise man, guides youth in youth care. My father always tells me the truth,” he said.


The footballer currently plays for AZ Alkmaar. Idrissi might join the Atlas Lions for their Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Malawi, which will take place on March 23.


The footballer might also appear with the Atlas Lions in a friendly game against Argentina scheduled for March 26 in Tangier.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 23 2019 05:56PM

AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi has explained his decision to chose an international future with Morocco over Netherlands.


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Last week the Dutch press confirmed that Idrissi, who is a Netherlands U21 international, had decided to represent Morocco.


Speaking to De Volkskrant, Idrissi said on the decision, “The Moroccan football association reported and I was asked whether I saw myself playing in the Moroccan shirt, but I did not hear from the KNVB anymore, and Morocco came my way.


“I do not choose Morocco because I am against the Netherlands, I was born here and grew up with the standards and values ​​of this beautiful country.


“I am a footballer who had to make a choice, I discussed the best for my career with my parents, and I want to get the most out of myself.”


The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals and added seven assists in 28 games this season.

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