World Cup: He’s Exceptional – Van Gaal Lauds Ziyech

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Mary Ugwuanyi

Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach, has described Morocco star, Hakim Ziyech as an exceptional player who contributes hugely to his team’s success.

Ziyech who has been on impressive form for Morocco at the World Cup, has played a key role as his team booked their place in the last eight against Portugal after beating Spain on penalties. The Moroccan side played out a 0-0 draw with Spain but won the game on penalties after extra time.

The Moroccan winger who was speculated to be on the verge of a move back to Ajax in the summer earned a commendation from Dutch boss, van Gaal.

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Responding to a question on Morocco coach, Walid Regragui, van Gaal said, “Well, I can’t judge [axed Spain head coach] Luis Enrique nor can I judge or assess your head coach [Regragui].

“But I can answer the other question by talking about Ziyech for instance. He was of course trained in the Netherlands and Ziyech is a wonderful player.

“He makes an enormous contribution to the Moroccan squad and before this new head coach came in, he wasn’t being played, so that says something about the head coach.”

Source: Complete Sports

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