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Kolarov Announces Retirement From Football


June 20, (THEWILL) – Aleksandar Kolarov, a former Manchester City left-back, has announced his retirement from professional football.

Inter’s contract with the 36-year-old expires at the end of June, bringing an end to a two-year tenure at San Siro. Kolarov revealed that he is retiring from football and will pursue a career as a sporting director or scout.

Kolarov said in a statement: “I always knew that sooner or later, this moment would come. Although I am sorry that I am closing one chapter of my life, I am grateful that I managed to achieve what has always been my dream.

“I thank all the people who followed me in this first part of my career. First of all, to every teammate in the teams in which I played as well as in the football team of Serbia, my homeland, which I have always represented with great pride. I thank the clubs, presidents, managers, coaches and technical staff, doctors, economists, physiotherapists and all those who helped in my career, and worked hard from the background.

“I am coming to the end of this phase in my life, feeling great satisfaction with what I have achieved. I hope that with my daily proving on and off the field, I have at least partially repaid this wonderful game and all those who supported me. Now I am already focused on my ‘other’ life in the world of football. I will soon start training as a sporting director and scout at the National Football Centre of the Football Federation of Italy in Kovercan.”