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Santon, goodbye to football at the age of 31: “My body can’t stand it anymore. In Rome they told me I’m stealing money, but…”

Latest news like ROMA – David Santon says goodbye to the football he played at just 31 years old. Former full-back Gilorossi, who His contract with Roma expired in June of this year, He explains his decision in an interview with Tuttomercatoweb.com:

I have to stop playing. Not for lack of shows, not for anything else, but because My body, with so many injuries in the past, can’t take it anymore. I am forced to do this. I don’t want to, but I have to.”

At the age of thirty he says enough is enough. consciously.
“The first year I got off the team I had one checkup after another but there was nothing to do: the only thing was to risk getting prosthetics. I can still walk on my legs but to be a pro you need more”

Awareness and clarity. Even those whose knees are fragile.
“I have my left knee where I have not had any operation but it is gone. It prevents me from many things… Then there is the famous right knee: I have operated on it three times. The cartilage removed all the outer meniscus but as soon as I put in the minimum effort it swells up And it no longer bends. All flexor injuries automatically start there. In Serie A you have to push, the right knee doesn’t bend, I strained my left leg and the flexor went… Every little effort is always there to stretch and stay still. You play a race, and you stay out the five”

His choice is a mature choice.
“If I had to play with fear, I wouldn’t do it. I’ve been playing with fear for years, but I’ve adapted and worked and taken a hit. But you never play calm, you’re always scared: do your homework… I started playing because I had fun and in the past few years it was It hurts. I said if I have to keep going, that’s not what I want to do. There were some shows though…”

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He received deep criticism in Rome, from those who did not know his status.
“They told me ‘You steal money in Rome.’ Not to mention: With the club we were fine to say goodbye, the point is that I couldn’t pass the medical exams anywhere else.”

So he decided. How does she feel?
“I struggled the first few months. I had time to think about it and think. When I was out of the squad in Rome, I had my first period of suffering: I didn’t expect this career to end. I wanted to play and have fun, and unfortunately I had it all right away. And I went climbing. But you have to accept: I have thought a lot, I have a family, two girls, and now I dedicate myself to it and then I will see if I stay in football or in another area.”

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What is the best time?
“The first period at Inter, when we won everything. I had stops and injuries, but it was great: I was so young and didn’t realize we were making history. We only lost the European Super Cup, it was the best moment. I was with extraordinary champions in the dressing room”

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She has an endless list of great technicians who have led her. Do you remember almost all of them?
“Mourinho, Benitez, Leonardo, Gasperini, Mancini, Conte who called me up for the national team, Pioli, Spalletti, Pardeo, De Boer, Fonseca, Di Francesco, Ranieri … without forgetting those early years in the youth sector at Inter, of course”

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“With Mourinho, I lived the most wonderful period but I don’t put it among the quietest: I was young, and there was a lot of pressure in the environment. When you have to win, it’s true. My Champions Year of six months with physical problems, it was not a period of serenity.” Big unlike what happens with Pardew first and then Carver. We played the Champions League last time, we got past Tottenham, but there was no big pressure, the environment was extraordinary”

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Now she will have to do it in another dress. He said earlier that he still had no clear ideas.
“I don’t know. Football has become a world where there is no love that I grew up with. Moratti was a boss, he was like a father, he showed tenderness to the players. Now it’s work, they take advantage of you, they empty you and get another one. I don’t know if it still belongs to me or not.” ..the thing I would like to do is train in the youth sector or … I should think about it. But I don’t know if I will continue in this world or not, maybe even a commentator. You have to have the motivation inside, and you have to be You have the right spark in what you do and there I will decide what I do with love and desire.”

Source: Tmw.com