Swansea veteran Britton proclaims retirement


Leon Britton’s 16-year Swansea Metropolis taking part in profession will come to an finish on Sunday as he proclaims his retirement.

Information 11 Could 2018, 17:34 IST


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Retiring Swansea Metropolis star Leon Britton

Swansea Metropolis midfielder Leon Britton has introduced he’ll retire on the finish of the season, with the membership seemingly destined for relegation to the Championship.

Britton, 36, joined the Swans from West Ham – initially on mortgage – in 2002 and has made 536 appearances in a massively profitable spell that noticed the membership progress from the fourth tier to the Premier League, profitable the League Cup and showing within the Europa League throughout a six-year keep within the prime flight.

That stint appears to be like set to finish on Sunday, with Swansea three factors adrift of security, and so too will Britton’s skilled profession.

“I’ve determined that this yr might be my final as a Swans participant,” the previous captain and caretaker supervisor mentioned.

“It is a unhappy day clearly, however this season has been very troublesome for me. I’ve had a variety of niggling accidents and I have not performed lots when I’ve been match.

“I’ve pushed my physique by means of lots, taking part in with accidents and injections and what have you ever over time, and I feel now could be the best time.

“I in all probability may play on, however this yr, on the primary day of pre-season, I did my calf within the warm-up. That sort of set the tone for the season.

“I do not wish to spend one other yr within the physio room and never taking part in. If I’m being sincere, it has been troublesome this yr and my physique is telling me to cease.”

Whereas Britton has agreed to remain on as a membership ambassador, one other Swansea stalwart, Angel Rangel, is ready to depart.

The 35-year-old defender plans to proceed his profession elsewhere.

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