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By The Atlas Lions, Jan 6 2019 10:25AM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Real Madrid has officially signed Mohamed Mizzian, 18, as a loan from his club UD Melilla.


The signing came as a surprise because of European champion clubs’ tradition of avoiding activity in the winter transfer window.


FC Barcelona was also interested in the Spanish-Moroccan player. Mizzian caught the eye of Madrid officials during a match between UD Melilla and Real Madrid in Copa del Rey.


Real Madrid will have the option to buy Mizzian’s contract at the end of this season, when his contract with Melilla ends, according to Spanish media.


The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) summoned Mizzian for a training camp of the Moroccan national under-17 team in February 2016 in Toulouse, France.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 5 2019 04:01PM

Morocco international Manuel Da Costa joined Saudi giants Ittihad Jeddad coming from Turkish league leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.


Da Costa is Al-Ittihad’s first signing in the January transfer window in an attempt to save their horrific season.


Coached by former West Ham manager Slevan Bilic Al-Ittihad are currently 15th on the Saudi League table with just six points.


The Moroccan defender played 15 games this season with Istanbul Basaksehir scoring three goals and assisting one.


The 32-year-old started his career with French side AS Nancy in 2006. He then moved to Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven where he stayed for two years and won two Eredivisies.


He then moved to several clubs around Europe including Fiorentina, Sampdoria, West Ham, Lokomotiv Moscow and Turkish side Sivasspor.


Da Costa also spent two years with Greek giants Olympiacos where he won two Greek leagues.


He played a total of 25 international games with the Morocco national team and scored one goal against Uzbekistan in a friendly. He also featured in all of their group stage games during the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


https://www.kingfut.com/2019/01/05/manuel-da-costa-joins-ittihad/

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 2 2019 12:32PM

Moroccan striker Khalid Boutaib joined Egyptian giants Zamalek coming from Turkish side Yeni Maltyaspor.


Zamalek just loaned out Congolese striker Kabongo Kasongo to Saudi outfit Al Wehda until the end of the season, who are currently managed by former Zamalek player Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’.


The White Castle found his replacement in Moroccan striker Khalid Boutaib after the move was announced by sporting director Ali Ravci as per CNNTURK.


During this season the 31-year-old played 18 games for Yeni Maltyaspor across all competitions, scoring five goals and assisting four.


The former RC Strasbourg player also played 20 international games for the Morocco national and scored eight goals, including one against Spain in the 2018 World Cup.


https://www.kingfut.com/2019/01/02/official-zamalek-sign-morocco-striker-khalid-boutaib/

By The Atlas Lions, Dec 31 2018 07:47PM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Turkish news outlets reported that Egyptian football team Al Zamalek is interested in recruiting one of Morocco’s key footballers, Khalid Boutaib.


Al Zamalek reportedly wants to pay Boutaib €2 million to join the team.


Boutaib is also a key footballer with Morocco’s national football team.


The footballer delivered spectacular performances with the Atlas Lions in the first round of the 2018 World Cup finals.


Boutaib is currently a striker for Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor.


Boutaib played for nine different clubs in the past, including Uzes, Gazélec Ajaccio, Strasbourg, and Bagnols Pont.


The Egyptian league already has a Moroccan footballer: Walid Azzaro. He joined Al Ahly in 2017.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 30 2018 04:01PM

By Football Italia staff


Genoa could return for Achraf Lazaar in January, as Newcastle United are ready to let him leave on loan.


The Moroccan was in Italy on transfer deadline day to join the Grifone, but the transfer collapsed and he returned to Tyneside.


The former Palermo man has admitted that manager Rafa Benitez “doesn’t speak to me”, so it appears he has no future at St James’ Park.


According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Magpies are willing to let him leave on loan in January, and the Grifone are once again interested.


President Enrico Preziosi pulled the plug last time, but with Genoa struggling in Serie A he may well reconsider.

By The Atlas Lions, Nov 26 2018 12:32PM

Hans-Joachim Watzke said the Bundesliga club will try to land the Morocco international on a permanent deal from Real Madrid but warned: "It will not be easy."


Borussia Dortmund will attempt to secure loanee defender Achraf Hakimi on a permanent deal, according to club CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.


The 20-year-old is on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and has made eight league appearances in Dortmund's unbeaten start to the Bundesliga season.


Watzke used a speech to his playing staff to welcome Paco Alcácer to the club after activating the option to purchase the Spain striker from Barcelona outright and stated his intent to follow up the deal with another one for Hakimi.


"Dear Paco Alcácer, welcome to Borussia Dortmund," said Watzke, who was speaking at the club's annual assembly.


"And Achraf Hakimi - we will try to do the same thing with you, even though it will not be easy."


Hakimi made nine league appearances for Madrid in 2017-18, scoring twice for the club then coached by Zinedine Zidane.


Since then, Julen Lopetegui's ill-fated spell in charge of Los Blancos has come and gone, and it is unclear whether his successor Santiago Solari will include Hakimi in his plans.


Morocco international Hakimi has made the left-back spot his own this season, limiting Raphael Guerreiro's opportunities in the first-team.



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