Sorry Bentaleb - Pele backtracks on surprising summer comments

England V Algeria

Turns out Brazilian legend Pele does NOT think Algeria will cause a shock this summer.

For Tottenham Hotspur youngster Nabil Bentaleb it has been a tumultuous and exciting year. With the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas came the arrival of Tim Sherwood - who gave him a chance he took with both hands.

Now a regular in the Spurs starting line-up he has also become an international footballer.

Bentaleb was born in Lille, France - and was a representative of the French under-19 side back in 2012.

With his sudden emergence into the Tottenham Hotspur first-team came a scramble for his international future between France and the country of his heritage, Algeria.

He pledged his future to the African nation in February and he was handed an immediate start against Slovenia earlier this month - a game Algeria won 2-0.

He impressed in the debut - with many fans very happy he made this decision.

And in the summer he is all set to make it to the World Cup with the Desert Foxes

And he even saw his nation tipped for success by none other than perhaps the greatest footballer of all time … Pele.

He was speaking about the World Cup in a recent visit to Algeria, and was reported to have said:

“Football is not an accurate science, it’s a game full of surprises and Algeria’s national team is capable of accomplish one [during the World Cup],”

Algeria have a World Cup Group including tough ties such as Belgium, Russia and South Korea - so even getting passed the Group Stage would be an incredible achievement from Vahid Halilhodzic’s side which made Pele’s apparent assessment rather odd.

Indeed, a little too odd, as in fact that is apparently not what he said at all.

In fact he has apparently said:

"I would like to tell you the truth. If you compare the experience of the Algerian players to that of Argentina or Italy, it is difficult to think that Algeria will get anywhere far at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil."

So Pele seems to have changed his mind on this topic and sees an early flight back home for Bentaleb and co.

Sorry Nabil.

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