Former Swansea City Star Michu Retires From Football Aged 31

Former Swansea City forward Michu retires from football aged

Michu retires at 31

Former Spain global forward Michu, most recently at Real Oviedo, has retired from football aged 31 due to ongoing injury problems.

Michu played only five times after Christmas 2013 and finished a season in which manager Laudrup departed and was replaced by Garry Monk with six goals in 25 matches.

After leaving Swansea, Michu said that despite "loads of treatment and countless operations" he had never been able to fully recover from the ankle injury which "started overnight".

But although Michu, 31, earned his one and only worldwide cap the following year he is remembered by Swans' fans as a one season wonder.

He was named the team's Player of the Year as well as the supporters Player of the Year.

The former Celta Vigo man was subsequently loaned to Napoli in Serie A, before being released from his contract in November 2015.

The 31-year old is best known by football fans for his time in the Premier League with Swansea City, where he was a revelation after signing from Rayo Vallecano for a dirt cheap £2.5 million.

After enjoying a stellar first season, where he scored 22 goals and helped Swansea to win the League Cup, he failed to replicate that form in the years which followed.

Michu also scored as the Swans crushed Bradford 5-0 in the final at Wembley to claim their first major English football trophy.

In January 2013, Michu was rewarded for his performances with a new four-year contract.

Since then, Michu signed for Austrian side Langreo as well as returning to boyhood club Real Oviedo in the Segunda division for the 2016/17 campaign.

Spanish newspaper La Nueva Espana are reporting that Michu will now look to take up either a coaching or director role at Oviedo to remain involved in football.

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