Former Manchester City defender Aleksander Kolarov has retired from football.
The 36-year-old has decided to end his 18-year football career.
The left-back announced his decision to retire and study in Coverciano – home of the Italian Football Federation – in a statement to ANSA.
“‘I always knew that day would come sooner or later, and yet I’m grateful that I’ve managed to achieve what has always been my dream.
“Now I’m already moving towards my ‘second life’ in the world of football.
“For this reason, as soon as the notices are published, I will enroll in the qualification courses at the Centro Tecnico Federale in Coverciano, first as a scout and then as a sports director.”
Kolarov joined Man City in 2010 for £16million and made 247 appearances for the club in seven years with The Citizens.
He helped the club win their first Premier League title and end rivals Manchester United’s period of dominance.
A year after Pep Guardiola’s arrival at The Etihad, Kolarov joined AS Roma in Serie A as part of Guardiola’s full-back makeover.
The Serb spent three years in Rome before joining Inter Milan.
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Kolarov made 132 appearances for Roma before moving to Inter, which ended up being far less successful.
He made just 15 appearances in all competitions for Inter Milan over the two seasons and has made just four appearances this season as he sits low on the pecking order.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5594434/ex-man-city-aleksander-kolarov-announces-retirement/ Former Man City defender Aleksandar Kolarov is retiring from football aged 36 after his contract with Inter Milan expires