West Brom defender Allan Nyom has insisted he has no regrets about choosing Albion over Cameroon this winter - despite the nation of his birth achieving success at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Indomitable Lions defeated Egypt in the final in Gabon on Sunday.
Nyom, who was one of seven players who declined the chance to represent his country along with Liverpool’s Joel Matip, initially had to sit out a handful of games while Albion and FIFA resolved a dispute with the Cameroonian FA.
He returned for the win over Sunderland, and told boss Hugo Broos: “I don’t have any regrets”.
Broos had said of the players who rejected Cameroon: “It was their decision, but maybe they are saying now to themselves ‘why didn’t I go with them?’”
But Nyom, who has been utilised in his favoured right-back role in recent weeks as Albion have taken seven points from three games, emphasised his priority of club over country.
He told BBC World Football: “I heard what Broos said.
“It made me laugh because he knew what happened and he knew why I was not there.
“It’s true, at first I didn’t want to go, but afterwards I changed my mind. But he knew that and he knows what he told me, so I have no worries, no regrets.
“If before the tournament they had told me ‘Cameroon is going to win and you are not part of the squad’, I don’t mind because I’m happy I’m playing for my club - it’s much more important for me.
“If I had been there, it could stall my club career.”