Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has suggested that Johan Djourou should leave Arsenal if he wants to continue playing international football.
Citing the centre-back’s lack of game time at the Emirates, the former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich manager made clear that only players featuring regularly for their clubs would be considered for his 2014 World Cup qualification master plan.
“For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer,” Hitzfeld is quoted as saying by RTS Sport.
“If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.”
Although rumours have circulated recently that he might be sold this summer, it’s worth remembering that Djourou only signed a new deal at Arsenal in February and is contracted at the club until 2015.
Unlikely to be happy about being ensconced as the fourth choice centre-back behind Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, it’s also possible that losing his place in the national team to Philippe Senderos could prove vital in any decision Djourou makes about his future.
Djourou was a late substitute for his home country in last night’s amazing 5-3 triumph over Germany in Basel. While the visitors fielded a line-up without many of their top stars both Per Mertesacker, making his long awaited return from injury, and new signing Lukas Podolski both featured for Die Mannschaft.
Cheers to @SiuFay for the heads up again.