Chile’s Vidal quits, then changes mind
Paris – Arturo Vidal (right) produced a 180-degree this week, insisting he was a “warrior” who would “never abandon” Chile, just hours after seemingly announcing his retirement.
“Every time I’m called, I’ll be available to the national team,” the 30-year-old said on Twitter.
On Tuesday night, back-toback Copa America winners Chile were knocked out of World Cup qualifying following a 3-0 defeat in Brazil.
After which, Bayern Munich midfielder Vidal appeared to announce on Twitter that his international career was over.
“Thank you lads for everything, for all these years together ... for teaching me and for showing a country that with effort and work anything is possible in life,” he wrote in Spanish, adding that his “soul is crushed”.
But less than 24 hours later, Vidal was back on Twitter pledging allegiance to his country as long as he’s wanted.
“Chile is a team of warriors. I’m proud of belonging to this group and I’ll never abandon it. We’ll carry on together right to the end,” he said.
Chile’s Argentinian coach, Juan Antonio Pizzi, meanwhile announced his resignation following the defeat.