By Chineze Ogugua
Arturo Vidal has decided he will continue to accept call ups from the Chile national team after their elimination from the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday.
Many had believed his instagram post to mean he was quitting as his club team-mate at Bayern Munich, Arjen Robben, announced his retirement from international football following Netherlands failure to qualify for the World Cup a day before.
However, Vidal has made it clear via Twitter that he while lamenting the failure of this qualification campaign, he was still available for his country when called upon.
The tweet which was written in Spanish read: “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.
“That’s why I am sure that ALL TOGETHER, we will be back stgronger than ever. Don’t ever write us off, we are Chilean Warriors. Onwards Chile, see you in the next battle. LET’S GO CHILE DAMMIT.”
The 2015 and 2016 Copa America champions failed to qualify for next year’s mundial as their 3-0 loss to Brazil and Colombia’s 1-1 draw with Peru pushed them a place off the playoff spot.