Brahim and his decision to wear the Morocco jersey

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Brahim Diaz will play for Morocco. The player has made this choice consciously. The decision is based on the affection received by the African team, an affection he has not experienced in the Spanish national team. This factor was crucial for me to confirm on Sunday that I had already made my decision.

The Real Madrid player could be called up by Los Leones del Atlas in Walid Regragui’s next list for this month’s friendly matches at home against Angola (March 22) and Mauritania (March 26). Although the white winger was born in Malaga, like his mother, and his father in Melilla, his grandmother is originally from Morocco. The Maghreb country, which is looking to bring in new soccer talent, has been successful in attracting Brahim Diaz.

Real Madrid’s resounding 4-0 win over Celta, decided by a sprint finish, was quickly overshadowed by news anticipated by this newspaper: Brahim Diaz chooses Morocco. Everything accelerated with the completion of the nationalization procedures, definitively opening up the North African option. At that time, the decision was not yet fully made. Although the option of joining Los Leones del Atlas resonated strongly, the RFEF, despite having in mind his call-up for the next break, maintained a stance of immobility towards the madridista. This lack of gestures and displays of affection finally tipped the balance.

On Monday, the coach himself offered his version: “Total respect, absolutely. But I have always said that there are three maxims when it comes to being a player: that he can play with the national team, that he wants to do it and that the coach calls him. But the most important thing is to want to, without demands and without conditions, in equality of rights and obligations with the rest”, he expressed visibly dissatisfied.

Morocco has presented a project to persuade Brahim. The Africans have detailed to the player the plan they have in mind and assured him that they would elevate him to star status. “He would be on a par with Achraf and would be a benchmark,” sources close to the Moroccan federation told OKDIARIO. The Real Madrid player is aware that he will have strong backing from the Moroccan team, which aspires to be a powerhouse at the 2030 World Cup to be held in Spain, Morocco and Portugal. At that event, the madridista will be 29 years old.

Brahim Diaz has found the African project more attractive and the relevance he will occupy in the plans of coach Regragui, compared to the scant attention and affection shown by the Royal Spanish Football Federation. Players such as Ferran Torres, Yeremi Pino, Nico Williams, Lamine Yamal, Bryan Zaragoza, Abel Ruiz, Dani Olmo, Rodrigo Riquelme, Pablo Sarabia, or Ansu Fati had been called up before him in the last lists of the Spanish National Team.

If there are no bureaucratic obstacles, Brahim will be in the Morocco squad announced on Thursday to face Angola and Mauritania. He will be wearing a different red jersey than the one he thought he would be wearing for many years.