The defender has posted a statement on his official website reassuring Moroccans that he will never forget his roots, but also says that his biggest concern currently is to do well for his club.
However, the Portsmouth player also stressed that his main priority at the moment is to nail down a starting spot at Fratton Park.
The news is a departure from his previous comments in the French press, where he made it clear that he was primarily interested to playing for Les Bleus and would only change his mind if it became obvious he could not receive a call-up.
“It would be really arrogant of me to say I want to choose this or that national team when I haven’t proven anything at club level. If I can become a regular starter at Portsmouth, win titles and accumulate big game experience, well then I’ll take time to think about it,” he explained.
“I haven’t received any call-up so the question can’t be asked. May Moroccans be reassured that I’ll never deny my roots."
Rami Ayari, Goal.com
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