Buriram United's goalkeeper Sivaruk Tedsungneon has chose to refuse a call-up to the Thailand's AFF squad in order to attend a training stint with Leicester City, which will last until December.
The decision of Tedsungneon and his team-mates caused a war of words to erupt between the Buriram United front office and Thailand head coach Winfreid Schafer, but Tedsungneon himself stressed this week that in the end it was his decision to accept a rare opportunity to train with the Championship side.
"This project [of Buriram players training with Leicester City] has been scheduled for a long time, and unluckily clashes with the AFF Suzuki Cup," Thailand's third-string goalkeeper told media on Monday. "I'm sad I can't join the national team but this will be good for me in the future, as a chance like this doesn't come every day."
Tedsungneon expressed hope that the stint with Leicester City would help him improve enough to earn a starting role for Thailand in the future.
"Training at Leicester is not just for Buriram's sake," he continued. "Mostly I want to improve myself to reach a level so that I can serve the nation with pride, and not remain the third-choice forever."
Tedsungneon and six of his Buriram United team-mates will participate in the winter training session during the Thai Premier League's off-season.