Liverpool’s Joel Matip REJECTS offer to play for Cameroon again, coach Toni Conceicao reveals as defender refuses to return to international setup after bad experience with former coaching staff
- Joel Matip turned down chance to play for Cameroon, says Toni Conceicao
- The Liverpool defender has not represented his country since 2015
- Matip decided to stay away after bad experiences with former coaching staff
- Conceicao offered Matip the chance to resume his international career
- But the 30-year-old defender remains retired and focuses on playing club football
Liverpool defender Joel Matip has turned down an invitation to return to international football, Cameroonian manager Toni Conceicao has revealed.
Conceicao has revealed that he has invited all active Cameroonian players to return to the international set-up, having previously announced they were unavailable when he took charge in 2019.
However, Matip, who has not played for his country since 2015, is one of Cameroon’s most talked-about names, but has been denied the chance of a return.
Liverpool defender Joel Matip (left) no longer wants to represent his country, says Cameroonian coach Toni Conceicao (right)
The 30-year-old refused to return in 2016 after citing mismanagement and bad experiences with former coaching staff at international level – with Conceicao insisting it is a ‘problem’ that the Liverpool star does not want to return.
“There are players who wanted to go back to the national team. For me there is no need to hire a player who is not ready to return.
“Matip doesn’t want to go back to the national team, that’s what matters.”
Matip has long opposed a return to international football, revealing his decision four years ago.
The 30-year-old has not represented his country since 2015 and wants to remain in retirement
“It’s done now and I’m looking to the future,” Matip told Sportsmail in 2017. “I just wanted to stay here and play. It wasn’t easy because I didn’t understand what was going on. Now the problem is solved and I can focus on Liverpool.
When asked if he would reappear in Cameroon’s colors, Matip replied unequivocally.
‘New. I tried to play there and represent my country, do my best and achieve something, but all the surrounding stuff was not the best to do this.
‘It’s Africa and you can never compare it to European things. I’m concentrating on Liverpool. It’s done,’ he added.