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From being Haaland’s teammate in Norway to leaving the national team: "I want free time"

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EIt is an unusual decision in the world of football so early, but it has happened. Benfica midfielder, Fredrik Aursnes, has made public his desire to leave the Norwegian national team. An announcement that came this Tuesday and was made public by the Norwegian Football Federation. In this way, the player 28 atwho has played since 2021 in search of getting his team into a Euro Cup or a World Cup, without success, and will not return to a call-up.

I want to have more time and freedom to prioritize other things besides football

Fredrik Aursnes

This decision has led him to no longer play with players from the first level of European football such as Martin Odegaard o Erling Haaland during 20 games in which he scored a goal, even being present in this last qualifying phase in the games against Spain. This is how he explained the reason why he did it: “I want to have more time and freedom to prioritize other things besides football“said the player.

Norway says goodbye to Aursnes

The player wanted to give a few words of gratitude through the statement from his country’s Federation: “I want to thank my teammates, coaches and support staff for the good times I had with the national team. I am very proud to have been part of this group and to have represented Norway“. A few words that were accompanied by a more detailed explanation of what the process in which the decision was made had been: “Stale (Norwegian coach) and I had good conversations about this topic for a long period of time. It’s a difficult decision, but it’s something that I think is right for me and I want to prioritize it.“he concludes.

Norwegian coach Stale Solbakken also said goodbye to the midfielder, regretting his decision and leaving the door for him to return half open: “Fredrik has been a great help for us. He had his best international matches at the beginning of the last qualifying campaign. It has been an enrichment for us, both on and off the field. It had been a while since I knew what he thought of the national team and managed to convince him a couple of times to continue, then we agreed that if he felt the same need to take a break from football before this season, he would not enter into any more discussions..”



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