🇲🇱 Brighton’s Yves Bissouma recounts near-death experience for rejecting Mali call-ups
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🇲🇱 Brighton’s Yves Bissouma recounts near-death experience for rejecting Mali call-ups

One of the English Premier League’s best central midfielders Yves Bissouma has forgiven his heavy critics for misunderstanding his reasons for turning down Mali.

The 24-year-old has not played for the West African nation since 2018 in an AFCON Qualifier away to Burundi.

That same event was when the former Lille star suffered a shoulder injury that required an operation. Unfortunately for all concerned the procedure and how it was handled broke Bissouma’s trust in his nation’s Football Federation.

"People speak a lot about me, but they don't know what they are talking about," Bissouma said as per The Sun

"I came within a whisker of dying on my hospital bed.

"I remember I was supposed to wake up two hours after an operation on my shoulder. However, it took me 13 hours before I came round.

The Brighton star added to express disappointment in the lack of support his family was expected to offer after the terrifying experience.

"Afterwards, my family never even wished me a speedy recovery. Now they want me to return to the national side – but it doesn't work like that.

The midfielder concluded to claim that Mali’s coach Mohamed Magassouba has continued to call him up for national duty in order to taint his image.

"After my operation, I worked like a madman to come back stronger. I have nothing against Mohamed Magassouba. But my agent rang him many times to discuss my return to the national side, and he never replied.

"He wants the public to turn against me. That is why he kept on selecting me, knowing full well I couldn't play as I had complications after my operation.

"People insult me and my parents. My mum has suffered a lot. But it doesn't affect me, as I rise above it all. I don't feel resentful, and I forgive everyone,” Bissouma concluded.

Meanwhile, the Malian is preparing for the Seagulls’ meet-up at home with Everton this weekend.

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