• Moroccans Abroad: Malaga’s Coach not Very Enthusiastic About Hachim Mastour’s Transfer

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Morocco’s Hachim Mastour signed for Malaga FC on a two-season loan.

    But Spanish Sports daily newspaper MARCA said Mastour was not in the radar of the Andalucian club and that the team’s coaching staff was happy with their available options.

    MARCA said that Mastour was in fact a personal request of Malaga’s owner and president Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani.

    The member of the Qatari ruling family is believed to have bypassed sporting director Mario Husillos in engineering Mastour’s move from the Rossoneri to the La Rosaleda side.

    According to the same source, Al-Thani’s eagerness to sign the Moroccan 17-year-old wonderkid did not please the team’s sports management and coaching staff.

    “Will have to see how this affects the development of the club and the team in the coming days,” MARCA said.

    The Moroccan international joined the Andalucians on Monday before the close of the summer transfer window.

    The former Real Madrid’s target contract includes a buy-back option in case Malaga opted to purchase the midfielder at the end of the season for a fee of around €5M.

    Mastour is the eighth signing of Malaga this season.



  • Mastour Left Milan Because He Didn’t Want to Sit on the Bench – Reports

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Hachim Mastour’s move to Malaga FC is seen as an attempt by the young Moroccan to develop his skills and get more first-time football.

    The 17-year-old, who is regarded one of the top young talents in European football, moved to the Andalucian side Monday on a two-year loan deal from AC Milan.

    According to media reports, Mastour decided to join Malaga on loan because he did not want to sit on AC Milan’s bench under Serbian manager Siniša Mihajlovi.

    The playmaker, who is to make a senior appearance for AC Milan, is still under contract with the Rossoneri until June 2017.

    A statement from Malaga read: The young Moroccan player from AC Milan, Hachim Mastour, arrives to Malaga CF on loan for the next two seasons and completes Malaga’s roster for the 2015-16 campaign.”

    The loan provides the right of purchase for Malaga and the right to re-purchase in favour of Milan.

    Malaga are still winless after two games of La Liga. The La Rosaleda side drew 0-0 in their opening game against Sevilla before losing to Barcelona 1-0 over the weekend.



  • Transfers: Adil HERMACH joins Nîmes Olympique

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Former Moroccan international midfielder Adil Hermach has signed a one year deal with French outfit Nîmes Olympique.



  • Transfers: Hachim Mastour Joins Malaga on a Two-Year Loan

    (Morocco World News) Morocco international and AC Milan midfielder Hachim Mastour will join Malaga on a 2 year loan with an option to purchase at the end of the season for a fee of around €5M.

    According to reports, the deal was finalized on Monday following a successful medical and the 17-year-old former Real Madrid target will now join the Spanish club on a two-year loan before the close of the summer transfer window on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to Spanish Sports newspaper AS, Malaga were keen on signing the Moroccan starlet to offset the departure of Sergi Darder to French club Lyon.

    Mastour, who has been linked with moves to Real Madrid, Manchester United, Paris Saint Germain and AS Monaco this summer, made six appearances for Italy’s under-16. However, he is yet to make his senior debut for AC Milan in a competitive game.



  • Transfers: Malaga close in on Mastour?

    By Football Espana staff

    Malaga are reportedly on the verge of signing Milan wonderkid and former Real Madrid target Hachim Mastour.

    According to AS, the 17-year-old will join the Andalucians on a season-long loan with the view to a permanent deal next summer for a fee of €4-5m.

    The surprise element of the move, however, is due to the Moroccan being a personal request of Malaga President Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani, who is believed to bypassed sporting director Mario Husillos in engineering the player's arrival.

    The swoop bears similiarities to that of Isco in 2011, when the then-Valencia youngster's €7m release clause was activated by Malaga, despite barely featuring for Los Che.

    Mastour, who can play anywhere in attack, could be set to follow in the footsteps of Roque Santa Cruz, who recently completed his return to La Rosaleda, although Coach Javi Gracia is believed to have asked for a right winger instead.



  • Transfers: Malaga Wants AC Milan’s Sensation Hachim Mastour

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – The Spanish giants Malaga have started negotiations with AC Milan over the transfer of Morocco’s international player Hachim Mastour.

    A report by Spanish Daily AS said that Malaga is attempting to convince the Italian Serie A to allow the 17-year old rising star to leave on a season-long loan, with an option to purchase, which would range between 4 and 5 million Euros.

    AS said that Malaga are keen on signing Hachim Mastour to offset the move of Sergi Darder whose transfer to Lyon for EUR 12 million will be soon made official.

    Hachim Mastour made six appearances for Italy’s under-16 Division, and he is yet to make his senior debut for Milan in a competitive game.

    However, he is regarded as San Siro Club’s brightest young prospect. He has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and FC Monaco.

    More recently, a report by Football Italia said the Genoa is negotiating a possible offer of EUR 5 million for the midfielder.

    Multiple reports suggest that AC Milan may consider Mastour’s leave on loan, in order for him to gain experience, without losing him altogether.



  • Transfers: Lyon back in talks for Younes Belhanda

    According to BeIN Sports and Le Parisien, Lyon have re-entered into talks with Dynamo Kiev for the loan with option to buy of former Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda.

    They had previously ceased negotiations with the Ukrainian outfit because they found their demands to be too excessive.




  • AFCON 2017 Qualifiers: Ahmed El Messaoudi out injured

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Ahmed El Messaoudi is out injured and will not be available for the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Sao Tome on Sep. 5th.



  • Transfers: Spurs target Morocco attacking midfielder

    Tottenham are reportedly mulling over a move for Lille ace Sofiane Boufal.

    It is thought that the Premier League outfit have already sent out scouts to watch the young midfielder in action and are likely to return to France this weekend in order to take a final look at the player before the close of the transfer window on Tuesday.


    The 21-year-old, who is yet to make his international debut for Morocco, scored seven goals in 34 appearances in all competitions for the Ligue 1 outfit last season.

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino sees Boufal as the ideal attacking midfielder to provide competition with Christian Eriksen in the centre of the park, although the Denmark international has also been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus this summer.

    Tottenham are also expected to seal the signing of Son Heung-Min from Bayer Leverkusen before September 1.




  • Transfers: Nabil El zhar joins UD Las Palmas

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Former Morocco international and Levante winger Nabil El Zhar has signed a two year contract with UD Las Palmas till June 2017.



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