Former Swansea striker Michu retires from football

Solenn Plantier
Juillet 17, 2017

SWANSEA hero Michu has retired from football because of persistent injury troubles.

Signed in 2012 for just £2.5 million, the fee that would become known as "one Michu" he went on to score 18 league goals that season and became the face of a lovely brand of football under Michael Laudrup.

Michu spent the 2016-17 season with Oviedo and plans to move into coaching.

The former Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano and Napoli striker had one year remaining on his deal with Oviedo, but he is no longer expected to participate next season.

Michu in action for Swansea City.

He scored twice in the Swans' opening day 5-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road - manager Michael Laudrup's first Premier League game in charge of the Swans.

Among the memorable strikes were two late goals in a 2-0 away win over Arsenal in December 2012, and a trademark cool finish in a 2-0 win at Chelsea in the first leg of the League Cup semi-final. He was valued at £30m by the club, who had given the player an extended contract in January 2013.

He netted 22 times in all competitions that year and helped Swansea to success in the League Cup - scoring in the 5-0 victory over Bradford in the final at Wembley.

A persistent ankle injury, sustained during his second year at Swansea, was to blame for the dip.

Michu enjoyed a sensational debut season at the Liberty Stadium, scoring 22 goals in 43 appearances in 2012/13.

The one-cap Spain worldwide spent the 2014-15 season on loan with Italian side Napoli as he looked to overcome a reoccurring ankle problem, but he was eventually forced to drop into Spain's fourth tier with Langreo.

Michu struggled with injuries in his second year with the Welsh club and was sent on loan to Serie A side Napoli for the 2014-15 season, making just six appearances.

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