Cristian Volpato declines Australia’s Word Cup call-up

Andy Mattioli

Cristian Volpato will not be representing his national team in the upcoming World Cup in Qatar despite having received an invitation to join the competition.

As revealed by Australia manager Graham Arnold, the Roma attacker – who has recently emerged as a reliable option for Jose Mourinho – declined the national team call-up.

“I have spoken to Cristian three times in the last few hours, and I had spoken to him on numerous occasions beforehand,”

“I practically told him yesterday that he would be part of the 26-men squad for the World Cup. He asked me if he could think about it, and discuss it with the people close to him. Yesterday, when I got in touch with him, he declined the invitation. It’s an important decision that Cristian, right now, hasn’t felt like making yet,” he told

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