OGC Nice striker Andy Delort explained why he has turned his back on the Algerian national team.
Andy Delort will not take part in Algeria’s match against Niger on Friday. The striker stayed at OGC Nice in this international break. A choice that emanates from him. This is what Djamel Belmadi, the Greens coach, said at a press conference on Thursday and this is what the player himself confirmed in an interview with L’Equipe.
“I am at a turning point in my career”
Just hours after the press briefing from the Fennecs coach, Delort spoke out to deliver his own version of the story. He also returned to the reasons that led him to withdraw from the selection.
“It is the fruit of a long reflection which I was able to share with Djamel during a discussion between men. I won’t go into details as this is a discussion I wanted to keep private, declared the former Montpellier to the French daily. But 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 “. An explanation which, ultimately, goes in the direction of what Belmadi said.
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Delort does not make a definitive cross on Algeria
Delort therefore admitted to favor his club. On the other hand, he totally refuted the information according to which the OGC Nice would have made him sign a clause so that he put a cross on the CAN: “I have no comment to make on what Belmadi said. 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 just hope that my choice will be understood, people know me, I am a whole person and I always give my all. “
The Nice center forward has opted for a parenthesis that would take him away from the international scene for a year, according to Belmadi. He is not sure, however, that he will regain his place afterwards. In this regard, he nevertheless wanted to clarify that he “Don’t take my [sa] international retreat ”.