Danny Drinkwater, a former Chelsea and England midfielder, has declared his retirement from football.
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Having been "in limbo too long" since his release from Chelsea in July of last year, Drinkwater has opted to hang up his boots.
The 33-year-old told the as reported by Daily Mail, “I'd just like to announce my retirement from professional football.
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“It's probably been a long time coming, especially with the last year, but I think it's time to officially announce it now.
“I didn't think it would bother me but saying it then it's almost like scratching a nerve a bit. I think I've been ready for it, not stopping at my peak and it's simmered down a bit, that's helped the transition.
“I think I've been in limbo for too long, I've either been wanting to play but not getting the opportunities to play at a level where I felt valued.
“I just thought I'm restless here for no reason, I'm happy not playing football, but I'm happy playing football, so do I just shake hands with the sport?
“It's all I've known, it's been my life since I was six or seven, it was never going to be an easy thing.
“I think the way it's died down has definitely helped. If I was playing week in, week out and had to stop through injury or age I think it would be trickier.
“I've had quite a few offers from Championship clubs, but I never felt the burn, it did nothing for me.”
Drinkwater signed with Leicester in 2012, and the team won promotion to the Premier League in 2014, which launched his career.
He appeared in 35 of Leicester's 38 league games, contributing significantly to their incredible 2015–16 Premier League title triumph under Claudio Ranieri.