Islam Slimani: after the controversies, the click?

Islam Slimani: after the controversies, the click?

Islam Slimani has finally scored with Brest, who have just parted ways with Youcef Belaili. The Algerian international striker scored the only goal for his club in the French Ligue 1 match played this Sunday, October 2, in Auxerre (1-1).

The publication of his goal counter comes at the right time for Slimani, who is coming off two minor controversies linked to his behavior during a recent game with the Greens and the departure of compatriot Youcef Belaili from the Brest club.

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At 34 years old, the native of Aïn Benian (west coast of Algiers) is doing wonders. He has become the historical scorer of the soccer team and, above all, its savior who gets it out of complicated situations. Against Guinea, in a friendly on Friday, September 23, he confirmed this condition by scoring the Greens’ winning goal ten minutes from time.

But it also happens to the player who slips. Upon his arrival at the Algiers airport for the last EN course, he was confronted by a journalist who asked him for a statement.

“No one asked you to wait for me,” he snapped. Slimani has taken the big head? He will answer to himself for the way he celebrated his goal against Guinea: “I’m a chikour,” he yells as he reaches camera level. He way of meaning that he is the boss, but in a more vulgar version.

Who was he addressing? To the press? Unlikely as he has been praised and saved since at least Algeria’s victory in the African Cup of Nations in 2019.

The gossips have deduced, therefore, that the Brest striker expressed his dissatisfaction with the return to the position of his competitor, Andy Delort, dismissed a year ago for having put the Algerian team “in parentheses”.

It was the latter who started against Guinea and Slimani only came on during the match. In any case, neither the striker nor the coach Djamel Belmadi commented on Slimani’s behavior.

Slimani regrets the departure of Belaili

Just finished the course, the Brest player is at the center of a new controversy both on social networks and in certain media that have argued that it was he who spread the rumor (which will be founded) of the termination of the contract. of his teammate and national team, Youcef Belaïli.

He left the Stade Brestois in a context of accusations of misconduct, neither confirmed nor denied by the French club.

The fact that the two players no longer follow each other on Instagram is enough for many to conclude that there is a feud going on between the two Belmadi captains.

Islam Slimani is undoubtedly very affected by this story, but in an interview published this Sunday in the regional newspaper Le Télégramme, he contented himself with stating that the presence of Youcef Belaili and the other Algerian international Haris Belkebla weighed on his decision to sign for the Brest and that he “encouraged” his compatriot to stay.

“I didn’t think he would leave so soon after I arrived, but we all know football, we can’t predict anything,” the Greens striker said.

These statements may give rise to various interpretations, but Slimani seems to have chosen to anticipate in order to silence everyone and put out the fire of the nascent controversy, before it intensifies.

In the afternoon, Islam Slimani scored his first goal in the colors of Brest, which he joined at the end of August from Sporting Lisbon.

In one month he played almost all the club’s games, including four as a starter. This Sunday coincided with his coach and hopefully that will be the trigger for him. Slimani is not only a striker full of qualities. He also has the status of the Greens’ all-time goalscorer to defend.


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