BREAKING: Chelsea winger retires from international football

Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech quits the Morocco international team.

The 28-year old winger claims he will focus on his club career and will not return to the national team.

Ziyech has earned 40 caps for his national team scoring 17 goals in the process.

The decision comes after his arguments with Morocco’s manager Vahid Halilhodzic, on and off the pitch and was excluded from this year’s AFCON squad.

Halilhodzic said that Ziyech would not be welcomed even if his name was ‘Lionel Messi’.

Ziyech said: “Obviously I understand them (the fans), but I will not be returning to the national team. It’s my final decision. It’s all clear for me how things are going over there. I’m focusing on what I’m doing, and right now that’s my club.

“At the end of the day, it’s a decision (Halilhodzic) makes and you have to respect it. If all the lying comes with it, it’s for me clear. Like I said before, I will not return to the national team. I feel sorry for (the fans), but that’s the situation right now.”


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