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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech retires from International football at 28

The decision comes after the Moroccan was excluded from the national team squad for AFCON

Picture Courtesy of : Anton Zaitsev
Ziyech pictured during Portugal vs Morocco in World Cup 2018

Ziyech pictured during Portugal vs Morocco in World Cup 2018

Hakim Ziyech has confirmed his shocking retirement from International football in an interview with @ADSportsTV.


The Moroccan is dressed in Chelsea’s training kit and stood on the side of the pitch for the interview.

“I understand them, but i will not return to the national team” says the 28-year-old. Within seconds, he is asked whether it is his final decision, and the Chelsea winger confirms that it is indeed his final decision.


Ziyech is then asked whether he felt bad about the decision to leave him out and he quickly replies: “Of course, who doesn’t!? But, at the end of the day it’s a decision he (Morocco head coach Halilhodžić) makes. You have to respect it, but in the end if all the lying comes with it, for me it’s clear and I will not return to the national team.”


He ends by saying that he understands the news would be a disappointing one for Moroccan fans and that he feels sorry for them.


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