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Nordin Amrabat eyes return to Dutch football after AEK Athens departure

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Nordin Amrabat’s tenure with Greek club AEK Athens is set to conclude this summer, marking the end of a significant chapter in his career. The 37-year-old Moroccan international, however, is not ready to retire just yet and is actively seeking a new challenge.

In a revealing interview with ESPN NL, Amrabat shared his aspirations for the next phase of his career, hinting strongly at a return to the Netherlands.

This potential move comes nearly 14 years after he left Dutch football, a period during which he has enjoyed a varied and successful career across Europe.

“I can extend with AEK, who would like me to stay for at least a year. But I also have some options in the Netherlands,” Amrabat disclosed. “I have already spoken to one club, another club still wants to speak to me.

I’m leaning towards the Netherlands. I left here in January 2011. It’s been almost 13.5 years. It’s a good time to come back.

I’m still feeling good and hungry, or at least that’s what I think.”

Amrabat’s desire to return to the Netherlands is motivated by both personal and professional reasons.

He feels it is an appropriate time to re-engage with Dutch football, where he initially made his mark.

His extensive experience, gained from stints in leagues across Europe, including Spain and England, could prove invaluable to any Eredivisie side.

During the last season with AEK Athens, Amrabat was a key player, featuring in 39 matches across all competitions and contributing with 6 goals and 8 assists.

His performance underscores his enduring quality and fitness, making him a coveted player despite his age.

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AEK Athens had offered him a contract extension, highlighting his importance to the team.

However, Amrabat seems keen on a new challenge, one that brings him back to familiar grounds where his professional journey began.

As clubs in the Netherlands express interest, the football community is eager to see where Amrabat will land.

His potential return to Dutch football promises to bring a wealth of experience and talent to the Eredivisie, benefiting not just his new club but also the league as a whole.

With negotiations likely to progress over the coming weeks, Amrabat’s future remains a focal point of interest.

Whether he opts to extend his adventure with AEK Athens or returns to his roots in the Netherlands, his decision will undoubtedly be one of the summer’s intriguing stories.

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