Aouar, Gouiri, Adli, Algeria flirts with bi-nationals

In his view to relaunch the Algerian national team following the two failures at the CAN and for the qualification for the World Cup, Djamel Belmadi wants to make profound changes within the selection. New blood that could come from several dual nationals playing in Ligue 1.

We left him bruised following the defeat of Algeria against Cameroon during the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, but today, Djamel Belmadi seems ready to return to battle! And the coach has a plan to straighten out the Fennecs: convince several players with dual Franco-Algerian nationality playing today in Ligue 1 or in Europe who no longer seem able to compete for a place in the France team.

Belmadi discusses with several dual nationals

In an interview given to the Algerian Federation channel, the coach explained the path that helped him to somewhat review his positions on the bi-nationals: “There were thoughts. Decision-making that comes a little later. We are not here to point fingers at anyone. But rather to ensure that this national team is the strongest possible day after day[…] They haven’t joined the national team yet, but the talks are a bit more specific. They tend towards decisions that will go in this direction and a long-term commitment. Next September or March. There is a real change in the decision to join us.” said the former OM player.

Aouar and Gouiri remain to be convinced

According to the Algerian press, Belmadi would have recently approached the player of Wolverhampton Rayan Aït-Nouri, but also the new Milanese in former Ligue 1 Yacine Adli. Two 21-year-old players whose names join those of two other residents of the French championship: Houssem Aouar and Amine Gouiri who have already been contacted, but who have for the moment ruled out this possibility.

The Lyonnais had to put out several rumours, especially when he was seen in Algeria while on vacation. On Gouiri’s side, convincing Didier Deschamps (or another coach!) is the only priority for the moment. Djamel Belmadi will therefore still have a lot of work to achieve his ends!

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