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Lyon starlet Nabil Fekir set to play for Algeria national team
He has already started to attract the attention of big clubs like Arsenal, who are reportedly following the player.
Fekir’s father – Mohamed – appeared in a TV interview on the Algerian channel EnNahar to put an end to all the rumors that were floating around in the past few months regarding his international career’s destination.
“I’ve met with the president of the Algerian Football Association, Mohamed Raouraoua. We talked about a lot of things concerning Nabil, he totally understands the situation of Nabil and the fact that he’s not yet ready to join Les Verts in the African Cup of Nations in the beginning of next year,” Mohamed said.
“Raouraoua told me that if Nabil has what takes to play for France, he will totally support him. However, he’s afraid that he might face the same fate as the likes of Samir Nasri,” he added.
Fekir Snr. dismissed the notion that his son is stalling with the Algeria national team while waiting for a call-up from the French Football Association; he also emphasized that he’s the only one affecting Nabil in that matter.
“No one is affecting my son except me, and God willing he’ll be joining the Algeria national team soon, the decision has already been taken in a family meeting.
“I have to be honest here; a lot of important matches are ahead of Nabil in Ligue 1 and he hasn’t yet cemented his place in the starting 11 for Olympique Lyonnais. In addition, we’ve had talks with his agent and we’ve agreed that it’s still too early for him to play for the Algeria national team; bearing in mind that he might be injured in the African Cup of Nations, which would mean losing his place at the club.”
The player’s father ended his interview by stressing that Nabil hasn’t received any call-up from Algeria till date.
He also believes that his son’s loyalty to Algeria is unquestionable: “I only moved to France in 1992; I’m a 46-year-old man that barely knows about France. It hurts when people say these words [traitor]. In my family we have 8 or 9 martyrs”.
He added: “Nabil has a very strong relation with Algeria, he speaks Arabic, and I taught him the Algerian national anthem.”
Fekir’s Lyon are currently in a good run of form, sitting just 4 points below 2013/14 Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint Germain in the table.