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Former Swansea striker Michu formally announces retirement

Former Swansea City striker Michu has formally announced his retirement.

Michu has officially confirmed his retirement due to ankle injuries at the age of 31.

In a statement posted on his official Twitter feed, he said: "Dear Football, According to medical reports, the current situation of my right ankle has come to a point where it has forced me to say goodbye to you as a professional football player today.

"Even though I am saying farewell to you with much sorrow, I know that we will always be united. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all of the magical moments that you have given to me during all this time. I feel privileged to have fulfilled a dream that is shared by so many of us since childhood. The dream of becoming a professional player in this sport.

"Because of you, the public have given me an invaluable affection that I will never be able to repay. Indeed, I feel I have done nothing to deserve it at all.

"You led me to Vigo, to play for Real Club Celta, to Madrid to play for Rayo Vallecano, to Wales to play for Swansea City, to Italy to play for SSC Napoli and to La Felguera to play for Union Popular de Langreo.

"You even allowed me to represent my country by wearing the national team football shirt, sharing the dressing room with colleagues who were world champions.

"It is thanks to you that I have visited many wonderful countries and cities but I am especially thankful for the people that I have met through you, whom I will keep in my heart my whole life.

"I wish to make special mention to Real Oviedo because the club has taught me all that I have been able to do on the pitch.

"I also address a special thought to all its supporters around the world. Without them I would have never been so happy throughout this journey. Each and every encouraging word has helped me to move forward when others might have given up.

"Before I conclude I would like to tell you that I consider myself an honest guy thanks to the education I received from my family and that I have always tried to do my best for every club that you have led me to.

"I wholeheartedly apologise if, at any point, my acts may have upset any of your supporters who love you madly as I do. Endless thanks to you my friend. I will always be in debt with you!

"Always yours, Miguel Perez Cuesta (Michu)."

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