Rabat - Hachim Mastour is taking a step backwards in his career.
Rabat – Hachim Mastour is taking a step backwards in his career.
Free since the end of his contract with AC Milan in July, Moroccan international football player Hachim Mastour struggled to find a club that would take him after a disastrous season.
According to Greek outlet SDNA, the Atlas Lion will try to bounce back in the Greek championship with the PAS Lamia club with whom he passed his medical visit Tuesday, September 4.
Having spent the last season with AC Milan, Hachim Mastour did not manage to impress. This season, the 20-year-old played just one game with the Milan reserve team. Otherwise he has spent time in training, sometimes even with the pro group.
Too much social media?
“Mastour is more famous for making videos on social media than playing on the field,” said AC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso in April.
Mastour has been in the spotlight from a young age but has had a hard time managing his “celebrity” status.
Hachim was born in Reggio Emilia, northern Italy, to Moroccan parents. Since he was a child, he dreamed of becoming the greatest football player in the world. He started his career in US Reggio Calcio, a football school based in Reggio Emilia linked with FC Internazionale Milano.
From the beginning of his football career, Mastour was seen as a prodigy.
Nicknamed “the young Cristiano Ronaldo,” because of his speed, ability to change pace, superior dribbling skills, and ability to shoot well with both feet, Mastour did not live up to his fans’ expectations.
After being courted by prestigious clubs like Juventus, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, he ultimately accepted an offer from AC Milan in 2012.
Milan loaned out Mastour for two years with no option to buy at Malaga CF on the last day of the summer transfer window 2015. On July 8, 2016, Malaga broke the loan, and Mastour returned to Milan.
Since then Mastour has failed to impress, whether in Malaga or FC Zwolle where he was loaned last year. The Moroccan “prodigy” never managed to win or reveal all the technical potential he supposedly had.
Hachim Mastour is only 20 years old, but he seems to have already been forgotten by the world of football. Announced three years ago as a future great talent of the Milanese formation, he has lost his way.
Not better in Morocco
Mastour joined the Moroccan squad in 2015. The Moroccan international stated that he followed his heart and family in deciding to play for Morocco’s national team, although he was eligible to play for Italy as well.
“I chose to play for Morocco at the age of 16, and it was a great honor for me,” Mastour said.
However, the footballer has only played two minutes with the national team of Morocco during a game against Libya on June 12, 2015. He has not been called back since.
But the 20-year-old still hoped to be selected for coach Herve Renard’s squad during the 2018 World Cup as he expressed it earlier this year to beIN Sport. Unfortunately for him, he did not make the cut for any game.