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Sassuolo defender Paolo Cannavaro confirms retirement; plans China move

Sassuolo defender Paolo Cannavaro has announced his retirement.

He will play his final game on Saturday against Roma.

Cannavaro has announced his retirement from football and will assist brother Fabio at Guangzhou Evergrande.

"I wanted to leave a mark on and off the pitch," the defender said at a Press conference.

“My ambition was too strong, and for this, I thank President Squinzi and Carnevali. They're giving me an opportunity that isn't easy to grant midseason.

“There are human values and fantastic alchemy here, which you don't get at other clubs. I'm leaving home.

“I'll assist Fabio 360 degrees as a technical collaborator. I can coach those who play less during the season.

“It'll be a full-on experience for me, a huge leap. Saturday? It'll be a strange feeling. I won't miss the field because it's a decision I've made, but I will miss being around my teammates.

“China? The city will be new. I've been there twice but only for summer tours. Only lately have I been preparing myself for it because I was too focused on doing well here until the last day. It'll be a new year and a new life.

“Knowing that I'm quitting football but still doing something that keeps me busy is a privilege. Chinese will be difficult to learn, so we'll settle for English.

“Relationship with Fabio? I haven't had much of a life with him. Getting back together didn't happen for several years.

“I wanted us to do so in the future as opportunities always presented themselves. I can't wait to start."

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