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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 2 2019 12:32PM

Moroccan striker Khalid Boutaib joined Egyptian giants Zamalek coming from Turkish side Yeni Maltyaspor.


Zamalek just loaned out Congolese striker Kabongo Kasongo to Saudi outfit Al Wehda until the end of the season, who are currently managed by former Zamalek player Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’.


The White Castle found his replacement in Moroccan striker Khalid Boutaib after the move was announced by sporting director Ali Ravci as per CNNTURK.


During this season the 31-year-old played 18 games for Yeni Maltyaspor across all competitions, scoring five goals and assisting four.


The former RC Strasbourg player also played 20 international games for the Morocco national and scored eight goals, including one against Spain in the 2018 World Cup.


https://www.kingfut.com/2019/01/02/official-zamalek-sign-morocco-striker-khalid-boutaib/

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 31 2018 07:47PM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Turkish news outlets reported that Egyptian football team Al Zamalek is interested in recruiting one of Morocco’s key footballers, Khalid Boutaib.


Al Zamalek reportedly wants to pay Boutaib €2 million to join the team.


Boutaib is also a key footballer with Morocco’s national football team.


The footballer delivered spectacular performances with the Atlas Lions in the first round of the 2018 World Cup finals.


Boutaib is currently a striker for Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor.


Boutaib played for nine different clubs in the past, including Uzes, Gazélec Ajaccio, Strasbourg, and Bagnols Pont.


The Egyptian league already has a Moroccan footballer: Walid Azzaro. He joined Al Ahly in 2017.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 30 2018 04:01PM

By Football Italia staff


Genoa could return for Achraf Lazaar in January, as Newcastle United are ready to let him leave on loan.


The Moroccan was in Italy on transfer deadline day to join the Grifone, but the transfer collapsed and he returned to Tyneside.


The former Palermo man has admitted that manager Rafa Benitez “doesn’t speak to me”, so it appears he has no future at St James’ Park.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Magpies are willing to let him leave on loan in January, and the Grifone are once again interested.


President Enrico Preziosi pulled the plug last time, but with Genoa struggling in Serie A he may well reconsider.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 26 2018 12:32PM

Hans-Joachim Watzke said the Bundesliga club will try to land the Morocco international on a permanent deal from Real Madrid but warned: "It will not be easy."


Borussia Dortmund will attempt to secure loanee defender Achraf Hakimi on a permanent deal, according to club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.


The 20-year-old is on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and has made eight league appearances in Dortmund's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.


Watzke used a speech to his playing staff to welcome Paco Alcácer to the club after activating the option to purchase the Spain striker from Barcelona outright and stated his intent to follow up the deal with another one for Hakimi.


"Dear Paco Alcácer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund," said Watzke, who was speaking at the club's annual assembly.


"And Achraf Hakimi - we will try to do the same thing with you, even though it will not be easy."


Hakimi made nine league appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, scoring twice for the club then coached by Zinedine Zidane.


Since then, Julen Lopetegui's ill-fated spell in charge of Los Blancos has come and gone, and it is unclear whether his successor Santiago Solari will include Hakimi in his plans.


Morocco international Hakimi has made the left-back spot his own this season, limiting Raphael Guerreiro's opportunities in the first-team.



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 17 2018 10:25AM

(Africanfootball.com) Former AFC Ajax manager Peter Bosz has tipped African stars Hakim Ziyech and Andre Onana to leave the Eredivisie club at the end of the current season.


Both Onana (Cameroon) and Ziyech (Morocco) have become key players for the Amsterdam club, with the former the number one choice in goal, while the latter is a vital part of their attacking force and even won the Dutch top flight’s player of the month accolade in October.


Onana, 22, has been on Ajax’s books since early 2015 and is contracted to June 2021, while Ziyech, 25, has been at the club since August 2016 and is also contracted to the middle of 2021.


Bosz, who was in charge of Ajax in the 2016/17 season and led the club to the final of the UEFA Europa League, believes Ziyech and Onana, as well as rising stars Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, will not be a part of the Dutch club from next season.


"I see Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Hakim Ziyech leaving Ajax next summer," he told Voetball International.


He also added that "Andre Onana will possibly go as well" in reference to the former Barcelona goalkeeper.


Ajax teammates Onana and Ziyech were ironically in opposite camps on Friday night as Morocco hosted Cameroon in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Casablanca.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 15 2018 10:22AM

Al Ahly director of football and assistant coach Mohamed Youssef has completely refuted claims that striker Walid Azarou could be on his way out of the club in January.


Azarou has been a key player for the Red Devils since his arrival in July 2017. The Morocco international scored 31 goals in 54 games for Al Ahly in all competitions.


Al Ahly were deprived off the 23-year-old striker’s services in the second leg of the CAF Champions League after he was suspended for two games over unsporting behaviour.


“There are no offers for Azarou. The claims about his departure in the upcoming January window or by the end of the season is categorically untrue,” Youssef said.


“Azarou’s contract runs for two years and a half and we want to keep him. He is one of the important players and it’s illogical to let go of the team’s pillars.”




By The Atlas Lions, Nov 10 2018 08:24PM

AC Milan have reportedly started to consider joining the race to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia.


The 31-year-old has spent the last three years representing the Italian champions, but the centre-back has been restricted to just five appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this season.


That has allegedly resulted in interest from Manchester United and Arsenal - who could be in the market for a new defender in January - but according to Sport Mediaset, Milan are also monitoring the situation.


Gennaro Gattuso's side require a replacement for the injured Mattia Caldara, and that could see a loan bid made for Morocco international Benatia.


The report suggests that Milan would have to commit to paying a €15m (£13.1m) fee for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.


Benatia has also played for Udinese and Roma in Italy's top flight, while three years were spent contracted to Bayern Munich.



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