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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech quits Morocco in swipe at manager over “all the lying”

Chelsea forward Hakim Ziyech has retired from international football amid an ongoing feud with Morocco boss Vahid Halilhodzic after being dropped from the squad prior to AFCON

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Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has sensationally quit from international football and brandished his Morocco boss a liar.

An ongoing feud came to a head after extraordinary claims from Vahid Halilhodzic, insisting he would never pick the Blues ace.

Ziyech was excluded from the squad prior to the Africa Cup of Nations, a competition where they crashed out of at the quarter-finals to Egypt.

The Bosnian coach insisted that the 28-year-old would not be welcomed back “even if he was Lionel Messi ”.

And it has sparked the former Ajax star to speak out on the situation, concluding that he will quit his country to concentrate on his club duties.

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He went further by insisting Halilhodzic is a liar, telling ADSportsTV: “I understand them, but I will not return to the Moroccan national team and this is my final decision.

“It’s all clear for me how things are going over there and I am focusing on what I am doing and, right now, that is my club.

“At the end of the day, it’s a decision he makes and you have to respect it. All the lying that comes with it, it’s, for me, clear and I will not return to the national team.

“I understand and feel sorry for [the fans], but that’s the situation we’re in.”

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It calls time on an international career where Ziyech won 40 caps for the North African nation, scoring 17 times in the process.

He has not played for his country since June 2021 in a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso while the winger is currently in Abu Dhabi with Chelsea on Club World Cup duty.

Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech has quit international football after a feud with the Morocco manager

“Everyone has seen what happened in the last period,” Ziyech added. “I am sad but this is my final decision.

“The coach of the national team made his decision, and in any case I respect it. My focus now, as I said, is only on Chelsea.”

Halilhodzic had said of Ziyech that he “refused to work” and “does not take it seriously”, even referring to his performance in the last AFCON where he was booed.

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The 69-year-old, who has been in charge of Morocco since 2019, said: “His behaviour in the last two matches, especially the last one, was not that of a national team player who, as a leader in the team, must be a positive role model.

“He arrived late and after that, he even refused to work. There was no point in discussing it afterwards, as a coach the answer is right there to see.”

“He doesn’t want to train, doesn’t want to play,” he said of Ziyech. “He doesn’t take it seriously. I’m not going to beg him to come back.

“After the [Afcon] tournament three years ago, he was the most criticised. He was booed. You mustn’t forget that.”

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