Just like that, the national team of Turkey lost one of their most prominent players. Arda Turan, 30, announced that he is retiring from international football, effective immediately(!).
I talked with our coach and president of the federation and said that I want to leave national team. I said that I don’t want to play against Kosovo
the Barcelona midfielder told reporters. As for what led him to this decision, it has everything to do with a serious incident that is reported to have taken place on the plane that flew the national team from Skopje to Istanbul, after Turkey’s friendly game at the Balkan state.
According to reports in Turkish media, Arda grabbed a journalist by the throat, and used foul language, accusing him of spreading lies about him and the rest of the national team.
Bad things happened last night. But am I regretful? No. Now I feel at ease
Arda said, not directly commenting on what happened, but definitely pointing at it as the reason behind his shocking retirement from international football.
I’ll always give the same response to those who put out such false news. I’ve never forgotten what it did to us. I speak as a man who serve the national team in all categories, loves his country and jersey. My national team career is over
the Barcelona player also said, looking determined not to change his mind once he calms down.