Boufal was one of the notable omissions from the north Africans’ contingent to the 2018 World Cup in
The 26-year-old was reportedly dropped from the 23-man squad because of restricted playing time during the second half of the 2017-18 season at Southampton after a dressing room
The situation at St. Mary’s Stadium necessitated his season-long loan move to Celta Vigo. And he has since impressed in LaLiga, scoring two goals with an assist in eight league games for the 10th-placed side.
And Renard, his former boss at Lille, is pleased with his improvement that merits him a recall for their home game against Cameroon on November 11.
“There may be a return. I think because of his performance, Sofiane Boufal deserves to return. I know him better than anyone since I managed him at club level,” Renard told Le 360
“It’s good that he stayed a little out of the national team and I hope he will come back even stronger and with a slightly different mindset.”
On why Boufal was not invited to replace injured Ziyech in their last international outing against Comoros in September, the two-time Africa Cup of
"I did not want him to think I was taking him as a spare wheel. On its intrinsic qualities, Sofiane belongs, by far, to this group of Morocco.”