Tottenham Hotspur's Nacer Chadli explains choosing Belgium over Morocco

Nacer Chadli

The attacker has played for both international teams.

Tottenham Hotspur winger Nacer Chadli is just one of several Premier League players currently away on international duty with their respective nations. In fact, he is just one of the many who have travelled to play for Belgium this week.

He and Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen were both named in the squad for the Red Devils that takes on Cyprus and Israel this month.

But it could have been so very different for Chadli. In another world, he could have been lining up against Uruguay at the weekend - for Morocco.

Chadli explained the decision he had to make regarding his international career in an interview with The Guardian this week:

“I was going to choose Morocco but the [Belgium] manager invited me to come visit the group and see how I feel.

“I didn’t want to rush the decision – if I joined I didn’t want to regret it – but I went for a look and was 100% certain I wanted to play for Belgium. I still love Morocco but there was something there I wasn’t sure with so thought about it and changed.

“There was some pressure from Morocco for me to commit but with Belgium there was no real pressure and it felt like the right thing to do.”

Chadli featured in one international for Morocco back in 2010, in a friendly against Northern Ireland. But he was born in Liege and in truth he considers himself more Belgian.

He is now on 27 caps for his national team and a regular in Marc Wilmots' set-up.

Tottenham fans will hope this time away will help him rediscover his best form. He started the season in spectacular fashion, but has tailed off in 2015 with off-field troubles unlikely to have helped.

Spurs fans however will stick by him, especially if he can help them to a swashbuckling end to the campaign.

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