Taarabt with Bruno Lage at Benfica
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On the cases of Ajax's Benfiquista and Ziyech, Vahid Halilhodzic, the national team coach, has thrown hard barbs, accusing some clubs of putting pressure on their athletes.
Benfica have tried to dismiss Taarabt from the Morocco squad due to the physical problems he faces, but will even be without the athlete until the end of the 11th and 15th Maghreb national team appointments with Libya and Gabon, respectively. This is because, according to coach Vahid Halilhodzic, the midfielder has chosen to remain in the service of his country.
"Benfica insisted a lot not to come and he, despite his injury, decided to come and stay with the group. I appreciated this gesture. It is a slight thing and there is the possibility of playing the second particular, with Gabon," he said. , who in September called Taarabt back to the national team more than five years later.
"Benfica insisted a lot not to come and he, despite his injury, decided to come and stay with the group. I really appreciated this gesture"
Asked about Taarabt's condition, as well as Ajax's Ziyech's – also presented with physical complaints and was even dismissed -, Halilhodzic left harsh barbs for situations he has lived in the past. "I know there are clubs that encourage their players not to come to the national teams. They even pressure them sometimes to pretend they are injured. But that will not stop us from continuing to follow who I consider fit to be part of the team," he shot.