Mbark Boussoufa Talks Future with Atlas Lions

Rabat – “I am not leaving the team,” he said. Two weeks after Morocco’s elimination from the 2018 World Cup, Atlas Lions’ midfielder Mbark Boussoufa has talked about his future with the national team.In an interview with Emirati newspaper “Al Ittihad,” the 33-year-old footballer expressed his commitment to his country, saying that he will stay with the Atlas Lions as long as he is needed.“I will stay with the Moroccan team. I will answer the selection’s call to represent my country. I am fully committed to play official and friendly games,” said Boussoufa. The football player also praised his coach Hervé Renard, thanking him for his “amazing” job.“It was Hervé Renard who asked me to stay. He is an incredible coach who does a very good job. He knows how to motivate. He is the warrior that the selection needed for a long time. He needs to stay with us.”Mbark Boussoufa is not the only Atlas Lion who hopes Renard does not leave. The captain of the national team, Mehdi Benatia, former Atlas Lion Youssouf Hadji, and his older brother assistant coach Mustapha Hadji, all publicly expressed their wish for Renard to stay.Hervé Renard has been the center of all kinds of rumors: rumors that he would join the Egypt and Algeria football teams, rumors of his feud with Mustapha Hadji, rumors of his required “conditions” for the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), rumors he wanted to leave Morocco’s team.“No one speaks with my name,” said Renard to end the speculation. He added that he has “a contract with FRMF until 2022.”“Many things are possible in the world of football. Sometimes there are leaders who are not happy with their coaches and they decide to replace them. There may also be a desire to leave from the coach. For the moment, we are not there. We will see what will happen in the coming weeks,” Renard said.