Nigeria manager still rues Victor Moses’ retirement decision

Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr has continued to express the disappointment with Victor Moses, who retired from international football at the age of just 27. The attacker announced his decision to retire in August this year after featuring for the Super Eagles at the summer World Cup finals in Russia.

Speaking to reporters, Rohr confirmed that the country’s federation did their best to convince him to prolong his international career but the attacker wanted to give more focus on his club career, he said:“I tried to convince him that it was not the best time to retire but he said he wanted to focus on his club career. I hope he will get an opportunity to play in Chelsea or with another club. I hope he will change his mind because he is only 27 years old. That is too young an age to retire.”

Nigerian FA Vice Chairman Shehu Dikko recently revealed the plan to hold talks with the attacker regarding an international comeback but that may not happen until the turn of the year with Moses unsure over his Chelsea future. Moses’ main decision to retire from internationals was to concentrate on the club football but that has looked far from happening this campaign with Maurizio Sarri barely considering him for the starting lineup.

As such, he has already been touted for a potential move elsewhere and it remains to be seen whether he could ply his trade when the transfer window reopens. Moses had been a regular in the right wing-back spot under the guidance of former boss Antonio Conte but he has not managed to command a similar role with Sarri, who has preferred the orthodox four-man backline.

Moreover, Sarri has confirmed that he considers the Nigerian as a winger rather than a right-back and he cannot assure of him of a Premier League start this term unless he manages to show improvement during first-team training.

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