Interviewed by L'Equipe, Algerian international right-back/wide midfielder and OGC Nice powerhouse Youcef Atal (24), linked to many inquiries from top clubs around, stated: "I'm glad about market rumours, of course. They are kind of a retribution for the good job you're doing. If the big clubs are watching you, it means you are on the map, and you're really worth something. Anyway, I've just been recovering from my injury, and my only concern is OGC Nice, right now. I'm looking forward to playing my first European international competition, and I want to do it right here. The day I'm going to leave Nice, it's going to be for a prominent club. We are getting better by the day, also through the healthy competition ongoing among ourselves". Currently on a deal with Ligue 1 side until June 2023, Atal has been inquired about by a pack of clubs, including AC Milan, Arsenal, and Tottenham.