“Belaili could have played for Tottenham or Atletico”

The coach of the national football team, Djamel Belmadi, estimated that international winger Youcef Belaïli, sidelined from the “Greens” for lack of competition, could claim to play at least “in Tottenham or Atlético Madrid ”, saying he was“ angry ”by the management of the player’s career.

“Belaïli’s only concern is consistency. A talent of Youcef added to the professionalism of Aïssa Mandi would have allowed the player to evolve at least at Tottenham or Atlético Madrid. I am sure of what I am saying. He has so much talent. I would have liked him to be more constant, to have a good environment around him, for him to understand that a career is only once, then everything is over, that we must not have any regrets At the end of his career. That’s what hurts a little, ”Belmadi said on Friday on National Radio.

Came into conflict with his Saudi club Ahly Jeddah, Belaïli (28) ended up terminating his contract, he who has not played for several months. He has just found a base by joining Qatar SC, for a two-season contract.

The consequences were heavy for the native of Oran, who found himself far from Belmadi’s plans. The latter did not retain him for the last four games of the “Greens”, including two against Zimbabwe, played on November 12 and 16 as part of the CAN-2021 qualifiers.

“I relaunched him for the good of everyone, because I know his qualities. He got off to a great start with a good CAN-2019, he performed well. But he ended up falling back into his faults, it hurts me twice and it annoys me for my country, for the group. I still have trouble digesting it. He’s a nice boy, I like him a lot, I have affection for him. He is able to raise his level of involvement when he wants ”, he added.

Before concluding : “He’s a player who is important in the squad, he knows it, it’s up to him to get back to work seriously and to perform well. What interests me now is what he will do now, to see if he can return to the selection or not. Belaïli must understand in a definitive way that it is necessary to stop being in ups and downs which prevent its progression and its constancy in the high level ”.

Invited Wednesday on a set of the Qatari channel Al-Kass, Belaïli admitted that his dismissal from the national team was “logical”, while apologizing.

“My exclusion from the national team is logical because I was without a club for several months. Belmadi was even angry with me. I ask his forgiveness and the Algerian people and I promise to come back in force ”, he said.

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