Mali's Mohamed Sissoko puts international career on hold

Paris Saint Germain's new recruit Mohamed Sissoko says he will be suspending his international engagements with the Mali Eagles to concentrate on his club

Mali international Mohamed Sissoko, who joined French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint Germain from Serie A side Juventus last month, has declared he will be laying aside activities with his national team to concentrate on his new club.

Speaking to reporters after his official presentation last week, the 26-year-old defensive midfielder said he needed “time out of Mali national team to refocus on his professional career.”

A source at the Mali Football Federation told that the former Liverpool player was yet to officially inform the body of his departure.

Born in France, Sissoko was eligible to play for the French national team, but opted for the Malian Eagles in 2004 and has appeared 28 times.

After losing Sevilla’s Federick Kanoute, who retired from international football in the wake of Mali’s 2010 African Cup of Nation debacle, the team loses another key player ahead of the penultimate round of the 2012 Afcon qualifying.