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Afellay chooses to play for the Netherlands at international level

Afellay chooses to play for the Netherlands at international level

Ibrahim Afellay has decided to play for the Netherlands instead of Morocco at international level.
The 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven midfielder had deliberated for months over which team to represent and paid "deep respect" to Morocco for its invitation.
"It was very flattering," Afellay said Friday in a statement. "Nevertheless, I consider the choice to play for the Netherlands in the future to be the right one.
"Playing for the Netherlands or Morocco would be an honor for me (but) playing for the Dutch team will also be good for my development as a player at PSV."
Netherlands coach Marco van Basten welcomed Afellay's decision.
"While he was born and raised in the Netherlands, I know that in his heart he has close links to Morocco and the Moroccan community," Van Basten said. "I'm pleased Ibrahim has said he wants to play for the Netherlands in the future.
"He's a good footballer with many qualities who, if he continues to develop the way he is at PSV at the moment, will probably play an important role for the Netherlands in the coming years."
Afellay has injured his groin and is out of the Netherlands' Feb. 7 friendly against Russia in Amsterdam.


Updated : 2020-12-03 03:30 GMT+08:00