We suspected that the neo-Niçois Andy Delort would find it difficult to wear the Algeria jersey again as long as Djamel Belmadi was the coach. Doubts are now certainties in reinforced concrete. Belmadi, whose record with Algeria is excellent, has still not digested that Delort decides "to take a one-year break" with the selection to earn his starting place with Nice. In the program “Rothen ignites” on RMC, Belmadi again vented his anger: “We are telling the truth. It is a decision fraught with meaning. He should have addressed himself first to the press and to the Algerian population (…) So he accepts the competition in Nice and he fights, but he does not accept it in the Algerian national team. There is total nonsense. "
🗣💬 "It's the big joke of the year. Wanting to stop the national team for a year is either stupidity or limitless nerve. We are going to have sex all over Africa and when everything is done the gentleman is coming to the World Cup? "
🇩🇿 Belmadi smashes Andy Delort pic.twitter.com/IJrq7NfVje
- Rothen ignites (@Rothensenflamme) October 14, 2021
As for the idea of the one-year “break”, it also makes Belmadi cringe.
“This is the big joke of the year.
It is either big stupidity, or the nerve that has no limits.
So we are going to play under 40 ° in Niger, in appalling conditions, we are going to have a qualifying campaign all over Africa which is a bit of hell.
And, when everything is done, when everything is settled, the man comes back like a little bride:
Is it okay, I'm available now
This is doubly disrespectful to us.
"That he takes care of his team and lets us work serenely"
Belmadi also took the opportunity to tackle OGC Nice, Delort's club. According to him, the leaders of the Riviera, who were in contact with another Algerian international, Islam Slimani, would have asked him to stop playing with Algeria if he wanted to sign in Nice. “Nice asked the same thing from Slimani as from Delort,” Belmadi says. Slimani said:
Not even in a dream!
Asked at a press conference this Friday, Christophe Galtier posed as a defender of his club.
“Belmadi, I knew him when he was a player.
He was already excessive, he reacted.
There, I still found it very excessive.
May he take care of his team and let us work peacefully.
(…) We are creating an unhealthy and dangerous climate around OGC Nice.
Putting the blame on the club is dishonest.
It's too easy to say that the Gym does not want to send its players to selection.