Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has defended his decision to commit to Ivory Coast's Olympics campaign.
"I wasn't living in Holland anymore and I was in England, so I had the chance to play for my country. I left Holland and I came to England and started playing there, but I have always loved my country and so that made the decision easy for me."
Kalou joins a long list of names that will represent their countries in the Olympic Games, including Ronaldinho, and the Ivorian believes this opportunity will only improve his skills.
"I am really glad to be a part of the Olympic team and I think it is really important for a player to be play this kind of competition. I hope to get as far as possible, but it will be really tough because we are playing Argentina and they are a really good team, they have won Olympic gold medals.
"And because the Olympics is such a great competition to play in, and we will be playing against such great players, it will help me to improve and it will help me to get on top form at Chelsea.
"But it is most important for us to be a part of this big event and I am really looking forward to going to Beijing.
"I am really proud to be part of my team."