Arturo Vidal has decided not to retire from international football after all despite Chile’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
La Roja were defeated 3-0 by Brazil in their final qualifying match to end in sixth place in CONMEBOL qualifying, behind Peru, who took the play-off spot, on goal-difference, as Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Colombia all qualified automatically.
Vidal, who was not present at the game after being suspended for picking up a booking in a win over Ecuador last week, announced his decision to quit international football with a message on Twitter.
Vamos chile carajooo!!! Nacimos para hacer historia!!!?????? todo chile está con ustedes pase lo que pase!!!?????????? pic.twitter.com/3FWYch6dO7
— Arturo Vidal (@kingarturo23) October 10, 2017
He wrote: “Thank you lads, for everything, for all these years together… for teaching me and for showing a country that with effort and work anything is possible in life.”
But a day later, the FC Bayern München midfielder had clearly changed his mind, with a new message.
He explained: “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.”
Chile manager Juan Antonio Pizzi stepped down from his role in charge of the team following the Brazil loss.