Anwar El Ghazi was under the watch of several scouts at the Toulon Tournament, but the winger left all of them disappointed, including Piet de Visser of Chelsea.

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el ghazi oraneAfter a terrific first season in the Eredivisie for Ajax, El Ghazi traveled to France with the Netherlands U21’s with an air of expectation. The winger was tipped to be the star of the Dutch squad, and was to be watched by scouts from Chelsea, Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid among others.

The 20-year-old scored in the opening win over Costa Rica, but showed discontent when substituted during the tie, and left the Netherlands camp after only two of the four games, citing personal problems.

Chelsea scout Piet de Visser, who traveled to France to watch the winger, has slammed El Ghazi for his attitude during the tournament.

De Visser told De Volkskrant, “That boy looks up to Cristiano Ronaldo, but Ronaldo played here admirably and because of this – in part – he earned a transfer to Manchester United. While El Ghazi showed little, became angry when he was changed by the coach and went back again during the tournament to the Netherlands.”

“I was certainly not the only one who noticed it. Foreign scouts asked me what the hell is this?

De Visser also slammed the whole Netherlands squad after they were dumped out of the tournament, “Netherlands offered nothing, no passion. It seemed like they were happy to go home again.”




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