He’s a player we did not expect in the Atlas Lions coach list. This Thursday, October 3, Vahid Halilhodzic has unveiled the names of the players he has selected to take part in the friendly matches of Morocco against Libya and Gabon. The surprise was the convocation of Kevin Malcuit, new face in the national team.
Promised thing, thing due. The Bosnian technician kept his word by bringing novelty to the Moroccan selection. And novelty there is! To begin with the player from Naples, who at the last news did not want to know anything about the team. And yet here it is, black on white.
To put things in context, the player Franco-Moroccan, the top of his 28 years has never crossed the international lawn. Of French and Moroccan nationality, the defender had already posted his ambitions concerning his future in selection, and they were far from the African continent.
Like Mattéo Guendouzi, Malcuit clearly stated that he dreamed of playing in France. “The Blues is a dream and a goal. This is also what dictated my last career choice. I’m in Naples because I know that to hope to hang the car of the Blues, it goes through a big club and big matches. Obviously, the coach makes his choices. As for me, I must stay on my current momentum,” he said in an interview with France Football.
The former Lille, aware of his meager chances to join the team already well supplied by Didier Deschamps, has visibly down to his last resort, the team of Morocco. A choice that is obviously not to the taste of Internet users who expressed their dissatisfaction, thus blaming the coach of the Lions for selecting a player who did not want to wear the colors of Morocco in the first place.
Club side, Kevin Malcuit is very popular in Italy where he joined Naples last summer. The 28-year-old defender reported about 11 million euros to LOSC. Passed by Monaco and Saint-Etienne, he is under contract until June 2022. The footballer has been coveted in the Premier League, side of Arsenal.