Zidane Iqbal declines international duty to concentrate on Manchester United.
Zidane Iqbal of Manchester United has been left out of Iran’s squad for the upcoming international break.
Iqbal will not be joining his countrymen for the Jordan International Tournament, preferring to stay and focus on United.
The 19-year-old is not only one of Manchester United’s top prospects but also one of his country’s. He has appeared in two senior competitive matches for Iran.
With his inclusion on United’s Europa League B list this season, Iqbal will almost certainly get the chance to impress Erik ten Hag, who is said to be a big fan of his.
The player was on the bench for the Red Devils’ 2-0 Europa win in Moldova against Sheriff Tiraspol.
The managing director of Iran’s national team, Mahdi Karim, provided a big update on Iqbal that will undoubtedly endear him to fans even further.
Karim said, “Zidane Iqbal and Ali Al Hammadi have apologized for not joining the national team.”
“This is because of their desire to focus on their clubs.”
Iqbal was one of the breakout stars of pre-season, where he mostly played in a pivot with academy teammate Charlie Savage.
He was especially good with his passing and close control of the ball. His composure on the ball and ability in tight spaces are other attributes that stood out in his displays on United’s tour.
Earlier, a report came out that Ten Hag decided to keep Iqbal at the club rather than send him on loan, pending a decision to be made in January.
What is for sure is that the Iran international is highly talented, and it’s only a matter of time before he is handed an opportunity to show what he can do. His determination to stay at Carrington is a positive step towards achieving this goal.