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Laurent Koscielny has opened up on why he has decided to retire from international football after next summer’s World Cup in Russia.
The 32-year-old has racked up 49 caps for Les Bleus in his career but has decided to call time on his country however far they make it in in Russia next year.
The Gunners defender is tied down to the Emirates in 2020, when he will be approaching 35-years-old and in order to prolong his club career, that is why Koscielny is stepping away from international football.
The defender also added he didn’t want to stand in the way of the next generation of French defenders coming through that will no doubt complement the outstanding young forwards the country is producing right now – Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Lemar and the like.
In a statement, the Arsenal defender said: “I am 32, I still have a few years ahead of me but perhaps my final months with the French national team. I am trying to enjoy these moments to the maximum. I am closer to the end than to the beginning.
“The new generation is starting to make a name for itself in the French national team but there are still a few older ones who are resisting it.
“Age also means that this decision has to be made. I have done what I was supposed to do in the French national team. I have six more months to enjoy myself and to take away as many souvenirs as possible, as my wife says. I will take what I can until June.”