Djourou advised to leave Arsenal by Switzerland boss Hitzfeld

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou has been told by Switzerland Coach Ottmar Hitzfeld that his international future would be better served by leaving the Gunners, ESPN has reported.

Djourou made only 14 starts for Arsene Wenger’s side last season, with the manager often preferring combinations of Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. Despite his inactivity, however, ESPN notes Djourou signed a contract extension earlier this year, tying him to the Emirates Stadium until 2015.

The 25-year-old was born in the Ivory Coast but made his Switzerland debut in 2006 and played at the World Cup in the same year, having moved to the country as a child. To date Djourou has won 31 caps for Switzerland, but Hitzfeld has warned he should consider changing clubs to obtain more first team football if he wants to further add to his tally.

Hitzfeld, a two-time winner of the Champions League, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, said: “For Djourou, the question arises of a transfer. If he wants to be selected, he must have some game time in the club. This is not the case at Arsenal.

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