‘He lied against me’ – Ziyech reveals how coach Halilhodzic ruined his international career

Hakim Ziyech has experience quite a lot of criticism from the Vahid Halilhodzic and it is not a surprising that the Chelsea playmaker has been forced to retire from international football after several fall out with the Morocco coach.

Recall that Morocco manager Vahid Halilhodžić heavily criticised Chelsea midfielder Hakim Ziyech regarding his discipline on international duty sometime in September 2021.

“He hasn’t been disciplined in the last two rallies and has refrained from training. He didn’t look like a player from a national team fighting to qualify for the World Cup.” said the manager.

“For the first time in my coaching career, I saw a national team player who doesn’t want to train and claims to be injured, although tests have shown he can play. I won’t tolerate it. Not this behaviour as long as I coach Morocco.”

Ziyech did not take this lightly as he took to social media to vent his frustration.

In an angry Instagram story post Ziyech demanded the truth from his national coach as he said: “Next time when you speak SPEAK THE TRUTH THEN…!”

However, the 69-year-old coach added: “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.”

With Halilhodzic in charge, 28-year-old Ziyech was left out of the national squad chosen to participate in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations last month.

Speaking to Abu Dhabi Sports ahead of Chelsea’s Club World Cup opener, Ziyech said: “I understand them [the fans], but I will not return to the national team. That is my final decision.

“I am focussing on what I am doing with my club. It was a decision he [Halilhodzic] made and you have to respect it. But then if all the lying comes with it… for me it is clear and I will not return to the national team.

“I feel sorry for (the fans), but that’s the situation right now.”

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