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AC Milan, Montreal Impact great Nesta: Time is right for retirement

Alessandro Nesta has admitted that the timing is right for him to retire from professional football.

The 37-year old defender last week pulled the curtain on a stellar career which spanned two decades and included a World Cup, three Serie A titles, two Champions League trophies, three UEFA Super Cups and three Coppa Italia amongst others.

Former AC Milan, Lazio and Italy great Nesta said his body knew it was the right time for him to finish his playing days but confessed that he was unsure if he would step into the coaching game just yet.

"I'm very happy because my body's tired, and I think it's time to finish after 20 years at the highest level," Nesta said.

"I was lucky. I won a lot of trophies, and it's the perfect time to say 'stop' and start a new life with my family - another job, I don't know."

Nesta was recently linked with the head coaching role with the Impact but quickly played down those claims as Marco Schallibaum looks likely to retain his job in 2014.

"I never spoke with the club to be the new coach. I didn't ask the club to be the next coach," Nesta added. "Those rumors are nothing. Nothing.

"There's a coach, a second coach and so on. Now, I'll go on vacation. I don't know for how many months. I'll go to Miami, to live there, and that's it. Finished. Finished for maybe one year, to stay at home, study and see what I can learn.

"After, maybe I'll try to coach. I don't know where, but I'll try for sure."

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