Rabat - Borussia Dortmund may enroll another Moroccan football player very soon.
Rabat – Borussia Dortmund may enroll another Moroccan football player very soon.
After signing Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi on loan from Real Madrid, the German club is seriously considering recruiting Galatasaray’s midfielder Younès Belhanda, according to Yahoo journalist Manu Lonjon.
Lucien Favre ( Dortmund ) penserait à Younes Belhanda ( Galatasaray). Les 2 hommes se sont croisés et appréciés à Nice. Contacts non rompus depuis. pic.twitter.com/xfHWmMd7Wr
— ???? Manu ?? (@ManuLonjon) July 23, 2018
The journalist explained that it was Dortmund coach Lucian Favre’s idea to sign Younes Belhanda before the end of the summer transfer window, as the duo had already worked together at the OGC Nice.
“Lucien Favre (Dortmund) would think of Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray). The two men met and appreciated each other in Nice, and have remained in contact since,” wrote Lonjon on Twitter.
If the transfer happens, Belhanda will play alongside his national team compatriot Hakimi, who signed a two-season loan on July 11.
Throughout his career, the 27-year old footballer has played for Schalke 04, OGC Nice, Dynamo Kyiv, and Montpellier’s football team. He also played for France’s national under-20 football team in 2010.
The Moroccan-French football player joined the Moroccan team in 2011. He has since proven to be one of the greatest elements of the team and became a regular after coach Hervé Renard’s arrival in 2016.
Belhanda, who played in the Russian 2018 World Cup, was one of the Atlas Lions to strongly criticize the video assistant referee (VAR) that led to Morocco’s loss in a game against Portugal and a draw with Spain, claiming that it is only used for the big nations.
“Everybody knows it, everybody saw it. When it was about making a decision for Portugal or Spain to reject a goal, we did go back to the video. While when we [Moroccan team] asked to watch the action, the referee told us that he was in communication. But actually, he wasn’t communicating with anyone. Nobody told him [the referee] to check,” stated Belhanda.
Belhanda disapproved of using VAR at all: “I am against the video since the beginning, because it takes out football charm. It only serves the big teams.”