Attacked this Thursday by Djamel Belmadi, the Algerian coach, Andy Delort explained his choice to put his international career on hold.
Transferred to Nice this summer, Andy Delort wants to put all the chances on his side to succeed in his new club. To do this, the former Montpellier has notably decided to withdraw from the Algerian selection. A decision that is difficult to pass with Djamel Belmadi, who was not tender with the 29-year-old striker on Thursday at a press conference.
“It is the fruit of a long reflection”
For The team, Andy Delort made a point of clarifying things: “It is the fruit of a long reflection which I was able to share with Djamel during a discussion between men, he confided. There are a lot of parameters that come into play: first of all, and this is very important, my role in selection (4 starts in 11 selections). Besides that, I will be 30 years old in two days and I am at a pivotal moment in my career: I have just arrived in a club where the requirements and the competition are much higher, I want to put all the chances for my part. “
“I am not taking my international retirement”
Before responding directly to the accusations of his coach: “I have no comment to make on this. Simply that the supposed clause in my contract is a pure invention, just like the fact that someone other than me would dictate my own choices. (…) I think this choice is important for me this season, but I am not retiring internationally. “