Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen announced the end of his football career as a player and will join his country’s coaching staff alongside Spanish coach Roberto Martinez.
The 36-year-old defender was one of the Red Devils’ “veterans” with whom he has played 85 international matches since his first appearance in 2006. Vermaelen began his career with Beerschot and then Ajax Amsterdam before playing for Arsenal between 2009 and 2014, then Barcelona. While in Barcelona, he moved on loan to Roma for one year (2016-2017).In 2019, he joined Japan’s Kobe, with which his contract expired in January. Vermaelen will join Martinez’s crew in preparations for the next Qatar World Cup in November.
“I look forward to this challenge and am very pleased and above everything grateful to contribute to the preparations for the World Cup in Qatar, as one of Roberto Martinez’s assistants.” At the end of 2021, our national coach was informed of the departure of (assistant) Sean Maloney to Hibernian, Scotland, and Thomas Vermaelen will now help him fill this void,” the FA said in a statement. Vermaelen will therefore work alongside the other assistant, the former French international Thierry Henry.