The Iraqi team has high hopes for Zidane Iqbal, the Manchester United midfielder, to restore the glories of the Lions of Mesopotamia.
The 19-year-old participated with Manchester United against the Swiss Young Boys during the last edition of the Champions League.
He also played two matches for the Iraqi national team in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Zidane Iqbal, who is admired by Manchester United coach Eric Ten Hag, gave an interview to GQ magazine, and here is the interview:
stick to religion
Zidan Iqbal sees adherence to religion as a necessity in his private life as well as his professional life.
The Iraqi player said, “Religion is the center of my life, and it keeps me disciplined and focused. If I can focus off the field, I can focus on the field.”
He added, “My five daily prayers that I have to keep helps me a lot on the field because I focus on my life around me, and I always trust God to take care of me.”
success with Manchester
On the success with Manchester United and opening the door to repeat his experience from the old players from Asia, he explained, “I hope I can. However I know I am still young and still on my journey. All I can do is work hard and if I inspire people along the way, that is great.” “.
He continued, “I don’t only learn from one player. When I watch people like Casemiro, Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes, I learn a lot from them about their way of playing. I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many high-level players.”
He continued, “In training, we do mini-games and everyone takes it seriously, everyone plays to win, it helps us raise the level a lot. Lecha (Lisandro Martinez) takes every training session like it’s the last. I learn things like giving 100% of my energy every day. “.
Zidane Iqbal revealed his admiration for some of the players he keeps in mind and commented, “I’ve been watching a lot of Youtube videos of Zinedine Zidane at home. Now I’m looking forward to Frenkie de Jong, I think he’s a great player. And Thiago Alcantara from Liverpool. I know he plays for Liverpool but still You can respect someone else and how they play, it’s nice to watch.”
World Cup dream
Zidane Iqbal could have chosen between 3 teams, but he chose Iraq, his mother’s nationality, as he made his debut in January of this year against Iraq’s arch-rival Iran.
He said: “My father is Pakistani and my mother is Iraqi, and I have been raised in Manchester all my life. I chose Iraq and I believe it would be the best for my career. I am still proud to be Pakistani and there are a lot of South Asian fans who support me and I am grateful for that.”
Iqbal made his debut with Iraq at Iran’s 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium in Tehran, a great occasion to enter the international arena.
After the 1-0 loss, Zidane explained: “Playing against them in the capital was special. We didn’t get the result we wanted but just taste a little of what it means to play in an international match against a team that has a lot of competition was amazing. Hopefully there will be more in the future.”
Zidane expressed his wish to participate in the World Cup with Iraq and said: “The World Cup is the dream of every boy. Reaching the World Cup with Iraq will be amazing, in 4 years the new group of boys we meet will be older and more mature. We will have A strong team, so I don’t see why we shouldn’t play in the World Cup in the next four years.”