Former Man United star dreading imminent retirement

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Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinze has spoken ahead of last game as a professional footballer.

Former Manchester United defender Gabriel Heinz is set to hang up his boots after this weekend’s round of matches.

The 36-year-old Argentine is currently on the books of his first ever professional club back in his native Argentina, Newell’s Old Boys.

It has been a long and successful career for the left-back, with a number of special memories playing for Europe’s biggest clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, AS Roma, Real Madrid and of course Manchester United.

He joined the Old Trafford side in the summer of 2004, and during his three year stint at the club, he won the League Cup in 2006, and followed that up by getting his hands on a Premier League winners medal in 2007.

His departure from the Red Devils, however, was sparked with controversy as after losing his place to Patrice Evra, he asked for a transfer to United’s biggest rivals Liverpool. Then-boss Sir Alex Ferguson denied such a deal, and thus he later joined Real Madrid instead.

Seven years and three further transfers later, Heinze finds himself at his youth club Newell’s and on the brink of retirement with his final game against All Boys, a situation he admits haunts him.

“I’m not taking it well. I am nervous and sad because I’ve reached the point where each minute goes by and I’m not going to return. Each time I touch the ball it has a meaning, and in two weeks everything finishes.” He said, quoted by Spanish press Marca.

In his 18-year career, the former United man won top honours in the Premier League, La Liga and France’s Ligue 1 with Marseille.

On an international scale, Heinze has represented his country 73 times – playing at both the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.

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