Rabat – It is official: 31-year-old midfielder Nordin Amrabat has left Watford for Al-Nasr Riyadh. After being linked to Turkish club Trabzonspor, it seems that the Atlas Lion and his now-former club were convinced by the Saudi Arabian club’s EUR 8.5 million offer.
The Moroccan international player, who was on loan to Leganes last season has signed a 3-year contact for a EUR 3 million salary per year.
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Amrabt is not the only Moroccan who has been seduced by the Saudi Arabian championship. Earlier this year, Wydad of Casablanca gave in to the appeal of another Saudi club, selling its striker Achraf Bencherki to Al Hilal for $9 million.
As for Atlas Lion Karim El Ahmadi, he signed few days ago with Al Ittihad Jeddah for a two-year contract.
Amrabat’s introduction to football was his father’s idea, who advised to persevere in pursuing his his dreams. His father’s suggestion made him think he could play at the amateur level while going making a living in a different profession. At the time, Amrabat played for SV Huizen in Almere.
The Moroccan-Dutch winger worked one time in his early life at a Michelin-starred restaurant, cleaning dishes and preparing desserts.
The player was discovered as a successful amateur football winger by Dutch second-tier side Omniworld. A few years later, the young footballer moved to the professional level. He played in the Union of European Football Associations’ champions league withr of PSV Eindhoven, who at the time were champions of the Dutch football league.
His rich football resume has since seen him move through Holland, Turkey’s Kayserispor, Watford and now Al Nassr.