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By The Atlas Lions, Nov 20 2018 10:19AM

Morocco have made enquiries over Matteo Guendouzi but the Arsenal midfielder insists his international future lies with France.


Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi wants to fulfil his international dream with France despite overtures from Morocco.


The 19-year-old has caught the eye with some all-action displays for Unai Emery's side since joining from Lorient during the close season.


Guendouzi has represented France at every age-group level from Under-18 upwards and made his first appearances for the Under-21 side against Croatia and Spain over the past week.


His Moroccan heritage means Guendouzi's international options remain open until he plays a competitive game for Les Bleus.


Speaking after Monday's 1-1 draw against Spain, he told Canal+ that representing the country of his birth remains a huge motivation.


"Since I was young, I've always played with the French teams, it's a dream to play with France A," he said.


"And I'm hoping to get there, it's a dream for me. to make it happen."



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By The Atlas Lions, Nov 19 2018 08:27PM

The young Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has had an excellent start to his career in the Premier League, and last week he enhanced his reputation with a brilliant showing for the France Under 21 side, but as his father is half French and half-Moroccan he is also eligible to play for the North African side.


But now that Morocco have qualified for the finals of the African Nations Cup next summer, the coach of the Atlas Lions, Herve Renard, is desperate for the Arsenal youngster to switch allegiance to Morocco. This is how StarAfrica.com reported it this morning…..


Mattéo Guendouzi participated for the first time with the France U21s against Croatia last Thursday (2-2). And although he plays for the selections of Les Bleus, Morocco does not lose hope to persuade the youngster, according to L’Equipe.


The Atlas Lions coach, Hervé Renard, would like to see the Arsenal player join his group, in view of the ACN 2019. He has once again made it known after the qualification of his team at the finals in beating Cameroon (2-0) on Friday.


The problem is that the player has given his first acceptance to Les Bleus. Can the ACN be a sufficient argument to change his mind?



By The Atlas Lions, Nov 17 2018 04:44PM

(Goal.com) The 2-0 defeat by Morocco on Friday pushed further into spotlight the Dutchman's unimpressive reign as the Indomitable Lions coach


Clarence Seedorf feels that the opening goal that Cameroon conceded against Morocco was the defining moment that marked his first defeat since he took over the reins as the Indomitable Lions Manager, three months ago.


Morocco opened a two-point lead at the top of Group B in the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier following a home victory at Casablanca on Friday.


Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Hakim Ziyech struck a brace in the second half, starting by converting from the spot, after Christian Bassogog had been adjudged to have pushed substitute Sofiane Boufal inside the box.


Ziyech went on to complete his double in the 65th minute, leaving Cameroon with a tall order of staging a comeback, but Seedorf feels it was the penalty that changed the complexion of the game.


“I didn’t argue with the referee because it was useless to do so,” Seedorf said at the post-match news conference.


“I have nothing much to say about that (penalty). I think everyone witnessed what happened and write what you saw.


“For us, the match is over. Morocco played a good game, Cameroon also played a good game but then episodes can change games like what happened today (Friday).”

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