Moustapha Hadji quashes fall-out claims with Herve Renard

Moroccan legend Moustapha Hadji has dimissed reports of a fall-out between him and the national team coach Herve Renard.

Local media reports claimed that the Atlas Lions assistant coach’s relationship with many of the team’s key players created an unfriendly atmosphere in Russia at the World Cup, leading to huge problems with the head coach Renard.

Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) sources also allege that Hadji’s departure from the technical team was part of Renard’s demands to FRMF in staying as the coach of the national team.

“No one has the right to speak on Hervé’s or my behalf. Our partnership goes beyond a simple professional relationship. He is first and foremost a friend and an elder brother,” he told 2M Radio.

“Our collaboration, including with Renard, Patrice Bomel (the first assistant coach), the whole technical staff, and the team itself is exemplary and exceptional. Football aside, if one day I have a problem, I know I can count on Hervé Renard.”

The North Africans failed to qualify to the round sixteen stage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup as they lost to Iran and to Portugal, but drew 2-2 against Spain in Group B.

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