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Hakim Ziyech retires from international football

Hakim Ziyech

Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech has announced his retirement from international football following a dispute with Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic.

Hakim Ziyech was left out of Morocco’s AFCON squad after the country was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Egypt. Morocco’s head coach, accused the midfielder of making up false injury in order to avoid playing in a friendly match for his country.

The Chelsea player appeared distraught as he made the announcement, but he insisted that he had made his final decision:

Chelsea’s midfielder has travelled to Abu Dhabi for the Club World Cup competition. When asked if he would change his mind later, the player replied to Abu Dhabi Sports on Tuesday, “Yes, it’s my final decision.”

Ziyech is in excellent form for the Blues, having scored a stunning goal in Chelsea’s last game against Tottenham. Ziyech curled home a brilliant 20-yard goal to put the home side ahead. Thomas Tuchel, the manager of Chelsea, praised the Moroccan after the club’s Premier League victory over Tottenham.

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