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Boudaoui: “At the club everything is in place for success”

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June 3, 2021

Boudaoui: “At the club everything is in place for success”

Hicham Boudaoui gave a long interview to Rafik Youcef for this Thursday’s issue of Onze Mondial. Before of joining up with his national team ahead of the three friendlies in June, the midfielder went through his short career step by step. From growing up on the earth pitches of Béchar to adapting to Nice and playing barefooted at Paradou along the way. The 2018 African champions took time to speak in French about his past. Take a look at some of the quotes.

How did your move to Nice come about? 

Julien Fournier spoke to my agent. He spoke about the club’s ambitions and the project that they wanted to put in place for the club and myself. He told him that he liked my qualities and was sure that I could improve a lot at OGC Nice. Julien knew that the club could make me step up and bring an extra dimension to my game. 

How did you react when you knew that Nice were interested?

I was immediately delighted. When my agent told me about Nice’s interest I wanted to jump on the plane straight away (smiles). The project was so exciting. I’d been waiting for that opportunity for a while, it was a dream come true (...) Plus I’d also spoken to Youcef Atal and he only had good things to say about OGC Nice so I knew I wouldn’t be alone and that the club would help me too. 

“I got used to the French league”

How would you rate Ligue 1 football?

At the start people said that I was weak. But that’s because the French league is very physical and I wasn’t working out. I worked hard in training, adapted to the style of football. That’s why the beginning was tough, I needed to adapt to the change of leagues and level. It was my first year abroad so I needed a bit of time.

What is it that you like here? 

I’ve got everything I need! At the club everything is put in place for me to succeed. If you work hard and listen to the coaches you’re bound to succeed. If you don’t it’s your fault, it means that you didn’t give it your all.

How would you describe your style of play? 

I think I’m a smart player. When I walk onto the pitch I give it my all. Sometimes you might think I’m an aggressive player. 

Take a look at Hicham Boudaoui’s full interview in issue 341 of Onze Mondial, already available in shops and online.