Zidane Iqbal not included in Iraq squad as he wants to focus on Manchester United
Manchester United midfielder Zidane Iqbal has not been included in the Iraq national squad as he wants to focus on the matters at the club, according to Manchester Evening News.
The 19-year-old has been left out of his country’s squad for the upcoming Jordan international tournament. It is believed that the midfielder wants to focus on his personal development at United.
Mahdi Karim, the managing director of the Iraq national team confirmed the news about the teenager not joining his national side for the upcoming aforementioned tournament.
Zidane Iqbal and Ali Al Hammadi have apologised for not joining the national team because of their desire to focus with their clubs.
Iqbal has only made two senior appearances for his country and is one of their most exciting prospects. However, the 19-year-old will not be joining his fellow countrymen this time.
The teenager impressed everyone during the pre-season and has been named in the Reds Europa League B squad. He is yet to play for the senior team this season but has been on the bench for both the Europa League games.
A central midfielder, the 19-year-old is one of the brightest prospects in our academy. The Iraq international has only made one senior appearance for the Red Devils so far. He came off the bench during a 1-1 draw in the Champions League against BSC Young Boys last December.
With no club football for over two weeks, Iqbal has a good chance to impress Erik ten Hag in this time period. The Red Devils have a cluster of fixtures for next month and the coach could do with all the extra legs.
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United will now play next month when they travel to face their neighbours Manchester City on October 2. Iqbal will hope to be named at least on the bench for such a fierce derby.