Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech has hit out at Morocco national team officials over what he termed as ‘misinformation’.
The 28-year-old was left out of the team for the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon early this year, following a row with coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
In an Instagram post on Sunday evening, the former Ajax dangerman announced for the second time that he was not planning on returning to the national team fold, and is instead focussed on helping the Blues.
“I love my country and playing for the Moroccan national football team has been the honour of my lifetime.
“So it is with great sadness that I must announce that although the FRMF President today confirmed that I will be pre-selected for the team, I won’t be returning to play for Morocco.
“I’m sorry to disappoint the fans, this was not an easy decision to make, but sadly I feel I have no other choice.
“Despite giving my all to the team over the past six years and supporting them my entire life, the leadership continue to release misinformation about me and my commitment to my country.
“Their actions have made it impossible for me to continue to be part of the team.
“I learned the news about the pre-selection at the same time as everyone else, so I’m releasing this statement to ensure that you hear the truth directly from me.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me, I wish the team nothing but the best for the future. My focus as a player is at my club Chelsea FC.”
The winger, dubbed ‘the magician’ first announced his intention to retire from international football last month after a fall-out with Halilhodzic.
Ziyech, who has scored 17 goals in 40 caps across all competitions for Morocco, hasn’t played for his country since June 2021.