Ziyech refuses to play under Renard

Ajax Amsterdam playmaker Hakim Ziyech says he is not interested in representing the Morocco national team with Herve Renard as head coach.

There's been rumours of unrest between the pair since his exclusion from the 2017 AFCON campaign in Gabon earlier this year, where the Atlas Lions fell at the quarter-final stage to Egypt.

With five goals in his first nine appearances for the senior squad, a return to the national team fold was widely expected for the 24-year-old, but he's since put an end to the reports surfacing in Moroccan media.

"As long as he's there, I'll be with my head elsewhere," the former FC Twente midfielder told Lionsdelatlas.

"And then he makes his choices. It is he who decides. And I accept it … I know that a breeder does not usually stay long. I'm waiting quietly (until he leaves)."

With 47 goals and 50 assists in 129 games since making his league debut for Heerenveen in 2012, Ziyech is widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in the Eredivisie.

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