Despite promising first steps and an extension until next June, Youcef Belaili has fallen into disgrace in Brest. The fault is behavior off the field which is still so lacking in the Algerian striker.
Belaili has corned his Brest image.
Capable of the best and the worst. This is how to summarize Youcef Belaili (30 years old). Essential during the crowning of the Algerian national team at CAN 2019, double winner of the CAF Champions League with Esprance de Tunis, the Algerian striker could have claimed a great career in Europe. But in football, talent is not everything. And the native of Oran was overtaken by his old demons.
A seriously degraded house
Arrived with a flattering reputation Brest, last January, the Fennec experienced promising first steps. Promising enough to get a one-year contract extension. But his performance is ultimately not the biggest problem of his stay in Brittany. As too often, it is his reprehensible behavior off the pitch that gives his leaders gray hair. On Tuesday, Le Tlgramme mentioned in particular the deplorable state of the house he rented between February and June.
All the mattresses had to be changed, the kitchen redone. As the house was permanently heated to 28 degrees, the floors warped under the effect of the humidity. Not to mention the cigarette butts in the bathtub, cupboard doors ripped off, hot pans even on the worktop… A real carnage , explained a witness to the newspaper. Damage which required 50,000 euros in repairs at the expense of the club… which nevertheless agreed to extend its lease for one more season.
Too many driving cards
But that’s not all. According to PointBrest, the SB29 notably criticizes his player for having damaged several hotel rooms. Hotels where he is now blacklisted. The source adds that Belaili, suspended for the reception of Ajaccio (0-1) and who remained on the bench against Paris Saint-Germain (1-0), the previous week, visibly sanctioned by Michel Der Zakarian, refused to return to Brest after the match for a trip to the capital… and sent substantial bills to his club.
Among other things reproaches the former player of USM Algiers, his absence for illness so as not to perform the official photos of the club. Even more surprisingly, the media Brest On Air affirms that the 2019 African champion, expected in Dinard pre-season training, sent his cousin to carry out a battery of tests in his place. So many differences that could push the different parties to separate sooner than expected. And remember how much Belaili represents a huge mess.
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