At the moment, he is coaching at the Athletic Youth School in Mortalaz and gave an interview to Deportes Cuatro about some of the best and worst moments of a successful career as he begins to reflect on things.
"I'm very comfortable in solitude. I haven't talked much about the day of my injury but I remember it being a very cold night at Camp Nou," he recalled.
"I just wanted to be alone at that time and after that, football didn't give me the things it could have.
"It is a new world I'm living in now. When you are a footballer, you go to see your friends every day and they aren't just teammates but are almost brothers.
"Now in Madrid [as a coach], I have found a little corner of peace and I couldn't ask for anything more.
"I know that football is difficult sometimes and other times it isn't but above all, it is a passion and I haven't lost that feeling."