Chelsea’s Moroccan winger, Hakim Ziyech, has retired from the national team of Morocco, saying he wants to focus on his club career.
The 28-year old winger was conspicuously missing in Morocco’s squad list for the just concluded AFCON in Cameroon and to some extent had his absence felt in the team.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco would fall to a 2-1 defeat in the hands of the Pharaohs of Egypt in the quarter finals.
Ziyech was reported to have fallen out with the national team coach Vahid Halilhodžić, who felt he (Ziyech) was not giving enough to the team each time he gets a call up.
The former Ajax winger who is currently in the United Arab Emirates with the his Chelsea team for the FIFA Club World Cup said even though he feels bad for missing out on the chance to represent Morocco at the AFCON, he respects the coach’s decision and will no longer be available for selection.
“I understand them [Morocco FA], but I will not return to the national team. That’s my final decision.” Ziyech told the press.
“It’s all clear for me how things are going over there and now I’m focusing on what I am doing and that is my club.”
Ziyech further revealed his displeasure when asked about the whole situation.
“Of course, who doesn’t?”
“At the end of the day, it’s the decision he [Halilhodžić) makes and you have to respect it and like I said before I won’t be returning to the national team.”
Ziyech who began representing Morocco at the highest level in 2015 and has featured at two international tournay – 2017 AFCON and 2018 FIFA World Cup however said he feels sorry for the people of Morocco who will take his retirement as a bad news.