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Former Swansea City star Michu officially confirms retirement due to ankle injury

The Spaniard played a starring role during the 2012-13 League Cup-winning campaign

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

The forward was the star of the Swans successful 2012-13 campaign, helping the club win the League Cup and secure a ninth-placed Premier League finish.

After being signed for a mere £2.2million from Rayo Vallecano following Michael Laudrup’s appointment as manager, the Spaniard set British football alight as he scored 22 goals in all competitions.

His knack of being in exactly the right place and ice-cool finishing ability made him a fans’ favourite at the Liberty, but injuries would ensure his star would never shine as brightly as in that first season in South Wales.

Ankle problems surfaced early in the 2013-14 campaign – although his form was good enough to earn a call-up and a first cap for World and European champions Spain – and he ended up making just five appearances over the second half of the season.

After indicating his desire to leave, he was loaned out to Napoli but more injury problems kept him sidelined and unable to press a claim for a permanent move to the Serie A club.

He eventually had his Swansea contract terminated by mutual consent in November 2015 and he soon joined up with the Spanish fourth-tier side coached by brother Hernan Perez as he aimed to work back to full fitness.

After his spell with Langreo he returned to the professional ranks with boyhood club Real Oviedo, playing in the Segunda Division.

Michu made 27 appearances, scoring one goal, and following medical advice has decided to hang up his boots.

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.

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“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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