I didnt feel like a football player in Dubai, had the idea that I was on vacation there

Karim El Ahmadi officially quit playing football this summer and looks back on an eventful career. The 37-year-old Moroccan announced in an interview with the CCEit that he has not always had a great time as a football player.
If El Ahmadi has to choose one of the most beautiful moments of his career, he doesnt have to think long. “When we became champions with Feyenoord, it was of course wonderful. But youve only now figured out what youve unleashed from the fans. That year will never be forgotten. For me, it was also a top season, partly because I was named best player in the Netherlands”, says the former midfielder. He also chooses his best match without difficulty. “Thats the championship game against Heracles Almelo. That energy, joy and emotion in the stadium. I hadnt experienced that very often.”
El Ahmadi also learned a lot from the six months he played in Dubai (2011). “I didn
t feel like a football player there. I had more of the idea that I was on vacation. We trained at half past eight in the evening and in the morning I went to the gym. The rest of the day I lay down by the pool and waited for the training. That six months really opened my eyes.”
In terms of trainers, El Ahmadi learned the most from Fred Rutten and Erik ten Hag. “Ten Hag convinced me to stay at FC Twente at a time when I played little at the club. He was crucial to my career there. With Fred Rutten, I always had a special feeling. He was really paying attention to everything. I havent seen that with any other trainer.”