Chile’s Vi­dal quits, then changes mind

The Citizen (KZN) - - INTERNATIONAL - 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. – AFP

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