Jordy Clasie doubtful of World Cup chances after choosing not to be in recent Netherlands squads

Jordy Clasie has revealed that he chose not to be in the most recent Netherlands squads, and is doubtful of his chances of going to the World Cup as a result.

After impressing at AZ, Clasie was brought back into the Oranje squad earlier this year by Louis van Gaal, who is a fan of the midfielder having worked with him at the 2014 World Cup.

While he was included in the pre-selection for matches since then though, he hasn’t been in the final squads, and he has now revealed that was his choice.

Having had issues with his knee for a while, he preferred to focus on being fully fit to play for his club.

“Both times I called the national coach,” he told VI.

“I suffered from a tendon in my knee for a while. Given the busy schedule with AZ and also my age, it was better if I focused on performing with my club. I explained to the national coach how I stand.”

Given his decision not to be a part of the squads, he understands it’s now unlikely he’ll go to the World Cup.

“The national coach was honest, as always. I realize that it will now be difficult to make it to the World Cup selection,” he added.

“I have thought about it for a long time, it is not easy at all. But I have made a choice which I think is the best for my career. We’ll see what the consequences are.”


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