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Spain international Munir El Haddadi wants Morocco switch

Spain international Munir El Haddadi wants Morocco switch

Alaves striker Munir El Haddadi is hopeful that FIFA will allow him to switch from Spain to Morocco.

The former Barcelona forward has made the decision to make a formal request to football’s governing, given that his father’s country of birth have qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

Born in Madrid and having played for Spain at various youth levels, the 22-year-old made one appearance for the senior side in a September 2014 Euro 2016 qualifier.

The youngster has not been called up since, having left Barcelona for spells with Valencia and now, Alaves.

Having stated in the past that he did not consider representing Morocco; that decision has now changed and he has accepted an invite from the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to switch allegiances.

“The Moroccan Football Federation contacted me and told me I had options to play for them,” Munir told Onda Cero radio.

“I was very happy and I like the idea very much. We’ve been in contact and I gave them authorisation for them to begin the process.

“They told me that they are going to do all they can for me to be with them.

“It would be beautiful and a dream come true to play at a World Cup, Morocco have a good team and they can do well.”

Munir would need FIFA clearance to represent the African side as he featured for Spain in an official competition.

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FIFA’s rules states: “Any player who has already participated in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any category or any type of football for one association may not play an international match for a representative team of another association.”

Having arrived at Alaves this summer from Barcelona; Munir has scored just one goal and assisted twice in nine league appearances.

Morocco will feature in the World Cup for the first time since 1998 after they beat Ivory Coast to win Group C in the African qualifiers.