Lille OSC defender Adil Rami recently spoke to lionsdelatlas.net to explain why he refused to join the Moroccan national team despite being heavily courted by the North African country’s football federation and national team coach Roger Lemerre.
The player maintained that he had heard from various
sources close to the Atlas Lions setup that there were many problems within the
team in terms of a lack of teamwork, chaotic organisation and questionable coaching
decisions, and pointed to Morocco’s latest loss in World Cup qualifying as proof
he was not mistaken.
“The French team is the summit of world football and
when you taste it the first time you can’t help but want to return to it
because there’s such an ambience! Now I’m not going to hide it, the French team
is my priority and I hope to be back in it,” he stated in the interview.
Rami then added that the fact that no one from the
Moroccan FA contacted or took an interest in him when he was a youth player also
had a bearing on his final decision.
Nevertheless, many national team
supporters believe that he should have made his choice clear from the start
instead of giving them false hope that he could be the defensive reinforcement they so desperately need.