The Algerian Football Federation and Jamel Belmadi, the first team coach, have categorically denied any contact with Germany's Freiburg player Jonathan Schmid and Luca Zidane, Real Madrid's goalkeeper, to Racing Santander.
Schmid had told France France Football magazine that he had spoken to Belmadi, expressing his willingness to play for the Algerian national team if he acquired Algerian citizenship, given that his mother's father was Algerian, despite admitting that it was difficult.
Belmadi replied through the official website of the Algerian Federation, yesterday, saying, "Maybe he was contacted by impersonators of my name. For me, I have never spoken to this player, either directly or indirectly, and I will not change the way I work today regarding the handling of any file." An important player for the national team.
He added, "Therefore, I refute this popular news, and I take the opportunity to say the same regarding communicating with goalkeeper Luca Zidane, although I did not want to respond in time, and I will not respond in the future to this lie and slander, as long as the information did not come in the words of the person concerned." .
And media reports had spoken earlier about the desire of Luca Zidane, son of former French star Zinedine Zidane, coach of Real Madrid, who is of Algerian descent, to play for the Algerian national team.