Aleksandar Kolarov, who used to play as a fullback for Manchester City, has said that he will stop playing professional football when he turns 36.
The Serbian international’s current contract with Inter Milan runs out at the end of June. He knew he wouldn’t be offered an extension, so the two-time Premier League winner decided it was time to call it a career.
Kolarov told ANSA that he was retiring and that he was going to study at Coverciano, which is where the Italian Football Federation is based.
He said, “I always knew this day would come sooner or later, but I’m glad I’ve been able to live out what has always been my dream.”
“I’m already moving toward my “second life” in the world of football, so as soon as the notices come out, I’ll sign up for courses at the Centro Tecnico Federale in Coverciano, first as a scout and then as a sports director.
Kolarov moved from Lazio to City in 2010 for £16 million. He was a fan favorite at the Etihad Stadium.
When City bought Gael Clichy in 2011, Kolarov had fewer chances to play with the first team, but the Serbian still did his part as City won their first Premier League title in 44 years.
Kolarov played for City a total of 246 times before going back to Serie A with Roma in 2017.
The player who is good at taking free-kicks played 132 games for Roma before moving to his last team, Inter, in September 2020.
The Serbian finally won the Serie A title in his last season at the San Siro, when Antonio Conte’s team beat Juventus to end the club’s nine-year run as champion.
Kolarov began his career with Cukaricki in his home country of Serbia. He then moved to OFK Beograd before making the switch to Lazio.
He played for Serbia 94 times and scored 11 goals. He also played for Serbia at the 2010 and 2018 World Cups.