Will Morocco’s victory over Spain help Selim Amallah’s transfer hopes? Ronny Deila hoped Moroccan midfielder would stay at Standard Liege

Morocco provided another World Cup shock as they knocked Spain out of the Qatar World Cup. Standard Liege’s Selim Amallah played 82 minutes for the Atlas Lions, completing 88% of his passes as the side took Spain all the way to penalties. Morocco will face either Portugal or Switzerland in the quarter-finals, the furthest they have got in a World Cup in their history.

Speaking to Eleven Sports, Amallah’s club coach Ronny Deila spoke about the absence of the Moroccan from the side over the past few matchdays. Deila mentioned club values and how no one was bigger than the club, before adding “I wanted him to stay and play here, because sometimes he can make us better”.

It is clear that Amallah wants to leave Standard Liege, and the progression of the Atlas Lions will no doubt have enhanced his profile. In 9 matches for Standard he scored four times and provided one assist. Since June 2019 Amallah has played 97 matches for Standard, scoring 31. At international level he has 23 caps and four goals, making his debut in 2019.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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