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Change of manager in Chelsea and an anticipated keen competition for playing time in the club are main reasons Victor Moses made an early retirement from international duties.

A London source close to the player told that the exit of Antonio Conte as coach under whom Moses found great favour meant the Super Eagles star has to work hard to impress the new man on the saddle.

Conte brought Moses back from long loan spell and carved a role for him as a wingback as the Italian switched Chelsea’s formation to 3-4-3 which transformed the club’s fortunes. With that Moses was rewarded with a new contract worth £75,000-a-week.


The two-year extension means Moses is committed to Chelsea until 2021 and has earned a significant pay rise to his previous £45,000-a-week wages after becoming a crucial member of Conte’s team.

Moses has performed superbly at right wingback, following Conte’s successful switch to a 3-4-3 formation that transformed Chelsea’s season.

With Conte’s exit, he will need to work hard under Maurizio Sarri who has given him just nine minutes of action so far as the English Premier League enters match day 3.

According to the source in London, Moses wants to concentrate on club career to avoid being set on another loan spell in January.

It is not yet clear how Super Eagles’ manager will adjust to the exit considering that he has another fixture in the next few days. There are speculations that Rohr may want to persuade him to reconsider his stand.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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