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Michu: Ex-Swansea midfielder retires after long injury struggle

17 July 2017, 09:35 | Charlene Valdez

Michu: Ex-Swansea midfielder retires after long injury struggle

Former Swansea City forward Michu retires from football aged
31

Former Spain worldwide forward Michu, most recently at Real Oviedo, has retired from football aged 31 due to ongoing injury problems.

The 31-year old is best known by football fans for his time in the Premier League with Swansea City, where he was a revelation after signing from Rayo Vallecano for a dirt cheap £2.5 million.

After his release from Swansea he joined Spanish fourth division side Langreo before returning to his hometown club Real Oviedo, where he played a year ago.

The former Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano and Napoli striker had one year remaining on his deal with Oviedo, but he is no longer expected to participate next season.

Michu scored in the 5-0 thumping of tiny Bradford City at Wembley as the Welsh club claimed their first major trophy.

He enjoyed a dream Premier League start at QPR, scoring twice in a 5-0 rout. He was valued at £30m by the club, who had given the player an extended contract in January 2013.


A persistent ankle injury, sustained during his second year at Swansea, was to blame for the dip.

Early season highlights, like a goal in the 3-0 away win over Valencia in the Europa League, gave way to frustration as he struggled for first-team appearances.

Michu played only five times after Christmas 2013 and finished a season in which manager Laudrup departed and was replaced by Garry Monk with six goals in 25 matches.

The 1-0 defeat by Hull on 5 April 2014 turned out to be Michu's last game for the Swans.

The one-cap Spain global spent the 2014-15 season on loan with Italian side Napoli as he looked to overcome a reoccurring ankle problem, but he was eventually forced to drop into Spain's fourth tier with Langreo.

The Spaniard most recently played for Spanish Segunda Division side Real Oviedo.



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