Speaking exclusively to RMC tonight, former Arsenal and Marseille midfielder Abou Diaby has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 32.
“It was time, it had been coming. For a certain number of years now it has been difficult for me to come back. I have had multiple fitness coaches, at one point or another I had to ask myself the burning question. And I decided to quit simply because my body wouldn’t follow what I wanted to do anymore. Of course this is hard, I have given almost all my life to football. It is true that when you stop like this, it is as if a door is closing. But another is also opening. I took the time to think hard about this, it is a decision that has been well thought through, and I am at ease with it.”