In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, current technical director of the Moroccan national team Chris Van Puyvelde has ruled out joining the Red Devils in a similar role. The Belgian, who was talking of the Atlas Lions chances of winning the tournament, was keen to distance himself from the current vacancy at the Red Devils. Van Puyvelde said “I know the vacancy is open again, but I have no intention of leaving here”.
The former Lokeren manager was Belgian technical director from 2015 to 2018, before leaving to join the Chinese national team in the same role. Since July of 2022 he has been working with the north-African side, seeing them reach their first every semi-final of a World Cup, making history as the first African side to do so.
Morocco will face France in their semi-final on the 14th of December, having beaten Spain and Portugal on their way to the last four. Head coach Walid Regragui was only brought in by Van Puyvelde and his team in August, after leaving domestic giants Wyad Casablanca. Regragui had guided Wyad to their third domestic league title in a row and the CAF Champions League title in 2021/2022.