Aljaž Ivačič speaks out: Portland goalkeeper says he hasn’t turned his back on the national team despite early return to his club
Before the recent Euro 2024 qualification match between Slovenia and Denmark, Aljaž Ivačič raised a lot of dust by allegedly leaving the national team camp after being informed by the national team’s selector Matjaž Kek that he would not play. Now a former member has also spoken out
who has loudly stressed that he did not turn his back on Slovenia, but came to the United States primarily because of the pressure he was under from his club.
“After a short period of reflection… My heart beats for Slovenia, which I tried to prove with my dedication in training and the fact that I came to the assembly six days before the FIFA date, despite my club’s opposition, which also meant I missed the game against Dallas and risked club sanctions,” the goalkeeper wrote on Instagram
, a club that plays in the MLS.
29-year-old Aljaž Ivačič added: “This is also the reason why, at the insistence of the club, I decided to return to the club early rather than possibly not playing against Denmark. Slovenia is my homeland, and it has always been and will always be my honour and pride to defend its colours. I congratulate my teammates for their performance against Denmark.” This is probably the reason why Kek didn’t want to cut him for good after the match against Denmark, even though he was quite critical of Ivačić…
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