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Morris looks to stay in Spain

By Ed Aarons

South African defender Nasief Morris hopes his impressive performances in Spain this season could lead to a move to another La Liga side.

South Africa defender Nasief Morris
South Africa's Nasief Morris is looking to stay in Spain

The 28-year-old is currently on a season-long loan at Recreativo de Huelva from Greek side Panathinaikos.

He is the only outfield player in the league to have played every minute of every match as his side battle to avoid relegation.

They are currently just one point below safety with three league games remaining this season.

His solid season with Recreativo has seen him linked with moves to Villarreal, Real Betis and Sevilla.

"I'm going to try and find another team," Morris confirmed.

"There's already been some talks and rumours that a couple of teams are interested, with Villarreal, Sevilla and Betis all mentioned but we will have to see what happens.

"I think a lot of them are waiting to see what happens in the Confederations Cup because we will be playing against Spain.

"I know the Sevilla coach has asked one of the players there I used to play with about my character and things like that so it's positive.

"Preferably, I'd like to play in the Champions League again because I haven't played in it for a while and I want to be back there."

While selection has not been an issue at his club side, things are different on the international scene.

Bafana Bafana coach Joel Santana has shown reluctance to hand Morris a regular starting role for recent friendlies, often preferring Matthew Booth to partner captain Aaron Mokoena at the centre of his defence.

This has left the man from Cape Town feeling extremely frustrated.

The best thing that could happen is for us and Spain to go through to the next round

Nasief Morris on the Confederations Cup

"I played in the game against Chile but then the following game it was the same situation again - I came to South Africa, didn't play and then played against Portugal," he said.

"It was a little bit bad for me mentally - the games I played we lost and those I didn't we won so it wasn't a great thing.

"It made me feel like I wasn't good enough to play for my country but I know that I have the quality to do it because I'm playing in one of the top leagues in the world.

"I don't want to put blame on anybody, it's just the feeling I have and I don't hide my frustration - if I'm not playing, I'm not happy."

Morris is now looking forward to next month's Confederations Cup on home soil.

South Africa are in the same group as European champions Spain so Morris' experience of playing against the likes of Xavi, David Villa and Andres Iniesta could be invaluable.

But Morris believes many sides will underestimate the hosts' chances of progressing to at least the semi-finals.

"The best thing that could happen is for us and Spain to go through to the next round," concluded Morris.

"We're playing at home with our crowd so we have to make sure that we get through the group and then it's very open.

"I think people will be surprised by our quality because most of them think we're not ready but I can say that we are prepared for anything that's coming our way.

"It's the winners of every continent and the World Cup holders so the standard will be very high - let's hope it can be a tournament to remember."

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