Herve Renard hoping to persuade Brahim Diaz

Herve Renard hoping to persuade Brahim Diaz
Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Dec 21, 2017. 09:00

Morocco coach Herve Renard has reportedly expressed interest in Manchester City striker Brahim Diaz playing for the African side.

Media reports reveal that Renard is hoping to persuade Diaz to play for the Atlas Lions at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

The Malaga-born player has already featured for the Spain’s under-21 side, but could switch allegiance under FIFA rules because he has not played for the senior side yet.

“We know Diaz has played for the Spain youth side but we are hoping that we can make him change his mind,” a source close to the coach told Soka25East.

“Maybe he took that decision (to play for Spain) at a very tough moment and at a young age.

“He’s a great midfielder who has proved that he can score goals.”

Born in Spain to a Moroccan father and a Spanish mother, the 18-year-old started his football career with Malaga CF from 2010 to 2013.

He then joined the Citizens in 2013 for an initial GBP 200,000 deal and made his first debut for City in September 2016 as a substitute against Swansea City.

Although Moroccan officials have paid several visits to the player’s family, there has been no concrete agreement so far.

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