Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo helped him make his decision to represent the Netherlands over Morocco. 

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el ghazi aajEl Ghazi was named in Netherlands pre-selection for the ties with Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic next month, and announced his decision to represent the Oranje over Morocco on Twitter.

Speaking to the Ajax official website the 20-year-old has revealed that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was among those that persuaded him to pick Netherlands.

El Ghazi said, “I have thought about it for a long time. My parents, my family, my personal trainer and also Cristiano Ronaldo have advised me. I have included everything in my choice.”

“It came up with Ronaldo. He asked how i stood on the Netherlands. He said if he were me, he would opt for the Netherlands. He said I had to decide it myself and that people always have an opinion. Choose Netherlands and Moroccans will say I’m not a real Moroccan, opt for Morocco then the Dutch say ‘hey, you’re born and raised here, what the hell is that?”

He concluded by saying, “It has therefore become the Netherlands. I am really happy that I am selected for the shortlist. That’s an honor. I’ll do my best. Who knows if I’ll be in the final selection.”

“I’m going to do my best. I’m going to give everything for the country because I was born and raised here.”

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