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“Belgium has the real Amrabat haven’t seen’

Interview Sofyan Amrabat state to jump to when Club Brugge to prove after injuries.

“Belgium has the real Amrabat haven’t seen’

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Sofyan Amrabat: “We have beautiful things in the offing. We participate for the title and hopefully we get far in the Europa League.’
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Interview Sofyan Amrabat state to jump to when Club Brugge to prove after injuries.

“Belgium has the real Amrabat haven’t seen’

Football

Bart Lagae

DohaPlots he was there. A cracker of a match in his first serious task for Club Brugge, from near Dortmund. Sofyan Amrabat (22) put himself with an exclamation mark in the squad, but then he fell away again due to an injury. In 2019, he wants to finally incontournable .

How look you back on your first months?

“I’m not completely satisfied. That may also not. I came over from Feyenoord, and looked forward to play. The conversations with Vincent Mannaert and Bart Verhaeghe and the trainer I had a good feeling afterwards. I also had other options, but opted for the story of Club Brugge. Then it is not fun when you’re not playing. But I understood it. The trainer is the boss and the team turned good. Why did he change? Only it was a pity that it all took a long time.’

You thought at a particular time that you made the wrong choice was made?

“No. Club Brugge is a beautiful club with wonderful supporters. Competition is part of it. It was faster in the olympics, but in training I have the head, never let it hang. I have extra work done, trained on my left foot and made sure that I as last training, left. Bart Verhaeghe and Vincent Mannaert I’m also always continue to support, despite the criticism that I here and there read. My hard work has paid off. It is a cliché, but that’s how it went.’

A lot of Club-fans were stunned after your match in Dortmund.

‘At Feyenoord
I was the best midfielder of the Netherlands. Two months later, I could speak nothing more of it’
Sofyan Amrabat
Midfielder, Club Brugge

Sofyan Amrabat

Midfielder, Club Brugge

‘That is because people like me didn’t know. They saw me a few times, raids, and play in the Cup against Deinze (where Club surprisingly was eliminated, red.). People have quickly become a judgmental, while I have not had a chance to me to show.’

You Had the Belgian league underestimated?

‘That is nonsense. Raids is just awkward. The pace is often very high and it is not easy to pick up. If you start, you will have a thorough warming-up and you can just as the others in the race to grow. That’s why it went so well in Dortmund. I like such matches. I was very focused and had confidence that I could. At Feyenoord, I started also without rhythm against Manchester City. We lost 4-0, but the people were positive about my performance.’

Feyenoord paid 4 million for you to Utrecht, but you ended up there on the bank. Took you to lightly.

‘That’s what I call so the issues of the day from the media. At the time of the transfer, talked to everyone about me, wanted Morocco to me, wanted the Dutch national team for me, from all sides I have drawn. You get twenty interviews, but once you make one mistake, let which media you fall again. First they wrote that I am the king of Feyenoord was the best midfielder of the Netherlands. Two months later, I could nothing more. In Liverpool I learned the feet on the ground.’

Is that typical Dutch?

‘Here you see that also. Now take Ruud Shaper. Last year, he was the best of Belgium and he won the Golden Shoe. Now scores he was a bit less and is equal, nothing more. You need to have those things put into perspective. It’s never as good and never as bad.’

Is your status changed in the Club?

“No, because I have still little played. I fell against Zulte Waregem and played against Dortmund, Standard, Beveren and Atlético. In that match I got injured.’

That did not look good.

‘You often see that players on their cruciate ligament tear. Even the players of Atlético came to the rest to me because they are the worst feared. But I got lucky. I could have my knee just in time blocks. The second half I have on one leg is played. I didn’t want to go out, because it was 0-0 and on the bank were almost only young boys. We were doing a stunt and I wanted the team does not leave in the lurch.’

And now?

“Now is the knee back in order. I endure the heavy training on stage without any problems. Belgium has the best Sofyan Amrabat has not yet seen. I have matches need. When I get a series of four-five matches, after each play, I will do my best level to achieve. We still have nice things in the offing. We participate for the title and hopefully we get far in the Europa League.’

What is realistic in Europe?

“We have a tough draw. Last year missed Salzburg on a hair after the final of the Europa League (Marseille scored late in the second renewal, ed.). But if it is bad, it can go very fast. Just look at Ajax two years ago. Suddenly, they were in the final against Manchester United. We go out of our qualities.’

How heavy has the nationaliteitskeuze for Morocco you weighted?

“I had never imagined that it would be so great. I played a few good games in the Champions League and I had to suddenly international of the Netherlands. The debate on my nationaliteitskeuze was conducted in the news, on the NOS, in the newspapers. It went really far. After each match I played, was the same question return: the Netherlands or Morocco? It went a total of not more about my football. While as a young player, especially with your football preoccupied and not with that randzaken. I’ve been with both coaches talked and I even doubted. But I am a sensitive person and I have my feeling followed.’

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