Once a £30m Arsenal target, Spanish attacking midfielder never recaptured the form that took the Prem by storm in 2012/13
SWANSEA hero Michu has retired from football because of persistent injury troubles.
Michu enjoyed a sensational debut season at the Liberty Stadium, scoring 22 goals in 43 appearances in 2012/13.
The Spanish attacking midfielder, a revelation after signing from Rayo Vallecano for £2.5 million. also helped the Swans win the League Cup.
Michu scored in the 5-0 thumping of tiny Bradford City at Wembley as the Welsh club claimed their first major trophy.
He was named the team’s Player of the Year as well as the supporters Player of the Year.
But although Michu, 31, earned his one and only international cap the following year he is remembered by Swans’ fans as a one season wonder.
Having not appeared for Swansea since April 2014, he was released in November 2015 through a financial settlement, with his contract due to expire in the following summer.
He was most recently at his original club Real Oviedo, having played at Napoli on loan and Austrian side Langreo since his Swansea days.
Michu bought shares in Oviedo as they struggled to raise £1.8million to stay afloat in the Spanish third division.
He spoke to the official Swansea website about his love for his former club and the decision, saying: “It’s my local club, a club I love, so I hope it will be enough.”
MICHU’S SENSATIONAL SEASON IN 2012/13
La Nueva Espana reports the Oviedo-native will now look to go into coaching or director role, as he aims to continue his involvement in Spanish football.
Once linked to a £30million move to Arsenal, Michu failed to continue his fine form post-2013 due to persistent injury problems.
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It meant that it was a struggle for him to sustain a prolonged first-team.
Ultimately, his latest ankle trouble forced him into retirement.