Mohamed Drager has been discussing his decision to leave Nottingham Forest again on loan during the summer transfer window.
The player sat down with Blick, and his desire to play for Tunisia at the World Cup significantly impacted his summer decision.
Drager has been a pretty strange signing by Forest. He was added to the ranks in August 2021 but has failed to make a single first-team appearance.
He was on the bench for a game against West Brom last November, but besides that, he’s been absent from the Forest fold.
Drager spent the second half of last season on loan with FC Luzern and that’s where he’s returned for a second loan spell.
During his first stint at the club he did well; scoring four goals and claiming seven assists from his position as a right-back.
Now, he’s been discussing his decision not to return to the City Ground and instead stay in Switzerland with FC Luzern.
He told Blick: “Honestly, the World Cup is just around the corner.
“I’m having a lot of fun at FCL. And, I also believe that no obstacles will be put in my way here to prepare me well for the World Cup.
“Of course, the Premier League with Nottingham Forest would have been tempting, but it would have been challenging.”
Drager decision to leave Forest makes sense
This looks like a wise move by Drager. Having not played in the Championship, it was unlikely Steve Coope was going to pick him in the Premier League.
At 26, the player isn’t at a bad age but no way would he have got game time ahead of Neco Williams, Giulian Biancone or Serge Aurier this season.
It does look very unlikely that Drager will ever play for Forest. He was signed as an option at right-back before Djed Spence was added and the Reds never looked back at that point.
The 33-cap player will look forward to the World Cup. After that, a permanent departure away from the City Ground looks like a foregone conclusion.