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Said Mehamha comments on his 2013 Nottingham Forest trial

France's Said Mehamha reacts at the final whistle

The former French youth international spent three weeks with the club.

France's Said Mehamha reacts at the final whistleFrance's Said Mehamha reacts at the final whistle

French side Lyon have produced some top talent over the years but one who never made it was Said Mehamha.

Considered a brilliant talent the 25-year-old represented France at both under-17 and under-19 level – as well as Algeria as an under-23.

But he never made the cut at Lyon and left in 2012, signing a lucrative deal to play football in Algeria.

When he returned from North Africa in 2013 he had many options regarding his future – including, it seems, Nottingham Forest.

Speaking to Le Libero Lyon this weekend former talent had this to say about a trial spell at Forest – explaining why a deal never came to fruition:

“Before arriving in Spain, I did a trial with Nottingham Forest.

“I had to stay a week, in the end I had three weeks there. It went very well.

“I did a great week, they ask me to stay a second week. Great. They ask me to stay a third week. After a moment I tell them they would have to offer something to me because my wife was in France with my daughter.

General view inside the City GroundGeneral view inside the City Ground

“So now, it's complicated. If you're alone all right, if you're not all alone it's more complicated. So I make them know, they tell me I still must wait, they ask me if I can stay a few months there without a contract. I could not allow myself.”

He did however go on to praise Forest’s history and structure:

“It was not bad at all, in a club with good facilities.

It was in the second division, yeah. A good club, well structured. This is a club that won the European Cup anyway!”

Mehamha went on to join Spanish side Torre Levantre and is now back in Lyon, with French fourth-tier side Lyon Duchere.

They are hoping to earn promotion to the third tier this evening, ahead of former Ligue 1 side Grenoble Foot – who went bankrupt in 2011.

Judging by how his career has gone since it does not look like Nottingham Forest missed out on Mehamha. But nobody will begrudge him a promotion this evening.

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