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Vidal not done with Chile’s national team

The midfielder will not retire from international duty despite missing out on the 2018 World Cup with Chile.

Bayern Munich player Arturo Vidal has decided that he will continue accepting call ups for the national team of Chile. His country was eliminated on Tuesday, failing to qualify for the showpiece tournament in Russia next year.

Chile had their fate in their own hands as they were in position to qualify. Yet, they lost their final game against Brazil while results elsewhere prevented them from reaching the automatic qualification spots, leaving Peru and Chile with equal points. However, Peru had a better goal difference, which put them on top of the pair, securing them a playoff against New Zealand for a place in the World Cup.

Despite a series of social media statements that suggested Vidal is done with the national squad, the 30-year-old made it all clear via twitter through a long statement that reads:

“I am so sad, like most Chileans. We have lost our dream. We have all committed mistakes, yes. Now we must learn and try not to repeat them.

“It is sad not to have managed our goal after such efforts. We left our families alone, travelled thousands and thousands of kilometres, sometimes injured, to compete in the most difficult qualifiers in the world. And after 10 years this is the first time we have been left with empty hands.

“It is tough. But this is not the end of anything. Not the end of a generation, nor this team nor least the end of our dreams. We have much to fight for, much to give, a lot of joy ahead.

“This is a very difficult time, and here we will see who’s strongest. Chile is a team of warriors, I feel proud to belong to this squad. And I will not abandon them. We will go together to the end. Every time I am called I will be available for my national team. Our national team.”