“I did not come here on vacation” – Matuidi still has the ambition of France after the transfer from Inter Miami


The veteran midfielder still believes he has a lot to offer on the international stage despite replacing Europe against the United States at club level.

Blaise Matuidi insisted he still had ambitions to play for France after joining Inter Miami, and that he did not move to MLS for “vacation”.Matuidi joined Inter Miami on a free transfer on August 13 after being released by Juventus a year before the expiration date of his original contract, where he had spent the previous three years of his career.

The 33-year-old has helped the Bianconeri win five trophies during this span, including three successive Serie A crowns, but he was deemed surplus after the appointment of Andrea Pirlo as the club’s new head coach.

A number of top European clubs were linked with Matuidi earlier this summer, but he finally decided to take on a new challenge in the United States and has already made nine MLS appearances for the David Beckham-owned Inter franchise.

However, the midfielder was excluded from the last two international teams of Didier Deschamps, after having been a regular at French training.

The boss of France explained the absence of the former star of Juve at a press conference earlier this month, telling reporters: “It was a career decision, a choice of life.

“He takes responsibility for it. I can understand at his age. We talked about it together, he knows very well that by making this decision, it is more difficult for him at the level of the France team. ”

“I didn’t say categorically no to him, in terms of what he’s done, what he might be able to do, knowing there is competition at the same time.

“He remains a quality player and it is up to him to adapt to his new situation, to the different matches. ”

Matuidi has now confirmed that he has no plans to retire from the international scene yet and that he has not moved to Miami to start his career.

When asked if the risk of losing his place in the France team was factored into his thinking before accepting Inter’s offer, the World Cup winner said. Canal football club : “In my head, I did not sacrifice the France team.

“It was a difficult choice because I spent many years in the France team, I experienced disappointment and joy there.

“Of course, not being called up for the France team feels weird, but it’s a choice I made taking into account all the parameters, and I’m happy with it.

“But I know what I can do, what I can contribute. I did not come here on vacation, he knows that very well. I remain a soldier and if I am asked, I will answer positively. “


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