Aleksandar Kolarov retires from professional football

Former Manchester City left-back Aleksandar Kolarov has decided to retire from professional football.

The 36-year-old’s contract with Inter is up at the end of June, bringing an end to a short two-year stay at San Siro.

With this deal expiring, Kolarov has announced he is retiring from playing football and will now look to become a sporting director or a scout.

In a statement, Kolarov said: “I always knew that sooner or later this moment will come. Although I am sorry that I am closing one chapter of my life, I am grateful that I managed to achieve what has always been my dream.

“I thank all the people who followed me in this first part of my career. First of all, to every teammate in the teams in which I played as well as in the football team of Serbia, my homeland, which I have always represented with great pride. I thank the clubs, presidents, managers, coaches and technical staff, doctors, economists, physiotherapists and all those who helped in my career, and worked hard from the background.