Nice coach Christophe Galtier responded to the accusations made by Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi against the background of striker Andy Delors’ decision to suspend his international career in order to focus on his career with Nice.
Last Thursday, Belmadi strongly criticized Algerian international striker Delors, because he preferred his club to participate in his country’s team in the African Nations Cup scheduled for early next year in Cameroon.
Belmadi said in a press conference: “Four or five days ago, the player (Delor) sent me a text message that, in agreement with his club, he preferred the latter over the national team because he wants to succeed in the challenge he is facing, and therefore wants to put his participation in the national team between doubles. For a year only, he will not participate in the African Nations Cup.
Belmadi revealed that he had received this information from a third person about a month ago, informing him that Delors had “signed a clause in his contract (with Nice) confirming his non-participation in the African Nations Cup.”
Nice’s coach, Galtier, was not satisfied with Belmadi’s accusation against Nice, saying of the Algeria coach: “I knew Jamal Belmadi as a young footballer. He was impulsive and reckless. He still is.”
Galtier advised his colleague, the Algerian coach, “to take care of his team, and let us work.. We are creating an unhealthy and dangerous atmosphere around our club. It is very easy to say that the club does not want to send players to the national teams. Perhaps we should ask the reasons behind the player’s decision.”
Delors (30 years old), obtained Algerian citizenship before the last edition of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and defended the colors of the “Desert Warriors” team and crowned with him the title of the continental championship (in 2019).