Cordoba explains rift with NT coach


"Colombia will always be in my heart, but there was too much distrust from the coaching staff"

MILAN - Ivan Ramiro Cordoba explained to his decision not to play for the Colombian national team as long as Jorge Luis Pinto is coach.

The defender said: "I want to avoid any misunderstanding or controversy. I will talk about it for the last time to avoid exploitation. After the Copa America I told Pinto of my decision. Along with other team-mates I had noticed too much distrust from the coaching staff.

"Pinto still called me up for the games against Brazil and Bolivia, and I telephoned him to say that my position hadn't changed and asked for the call-up to be revoked, and it was."

Cordoba added: "Further to some incorrect reporting in Colombia I wrote a letter to the federation, who already knew everything, and a press release to explain more clearly to the fans and confirm my love for Colombia and my national team, who I hope can always get important results.

"I'll say it again: Pinto has known about the true and only reason for my decision since the Copa America - too much distrust of players who have always given their all for Colombia."

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