Celtic striker John Guidetti reveals how he came close to retiring last year


Celtic striker John Guidetti has admitted that he wanted to retire in 2013.

Things couldn't really be going much better for John Guidetti right now.

The 22-year-old striker joined Celtic in September, leaving Manchester City on loan yet again after previous spells with Burnley, Feyenoord and Stoke City in a bid to prove himself to current City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

So far, Pellegrini has to be wondering whether he made a mistake in allowing Guidetti to leave amid the Swedish international's superb form and City's remarkable dearth of strikers right now.

Guidetti has hit 11 goals in 15 games for Celtic, sparking interest from the likes of Hull City and Marseille as his contract begins to wind down to its 2015 end at the Etihad Stadium.

The last few months have been a whirlwind for Guidetti with goals, praise from international team mate and football's 'Daddy Cool' Zlatan Ibrahimovic as well as making an emotional return to football.

Recent years haven't been kind to Guidetti. After a stunning record with Feyenoord, Guidetti was on the sidelines for 18 months, dealing with a mystery virus that left him with no feeling in his right leg, and then a knee injury before a frustrating time on the bench at Stoke.

Now though, Guidetti is back with a bang, and has today reflected on his long-term absence, admitting that he almost retired from football after his 2013 knee injury came so soon after his virus nightmare.

"After the final, definitive medical examination, I broke down completely," Guidetti told Swedish newspaper Expressen. "I was crying, crying, crying. I just wanted to lie in bed and never get up. There and then I was ready to quit football. It was over for me. I could not go on," he added.

In light of his success this season, Guidetti - and Celtic fans - will be delighted that he chose to play on, and with 2014 ending on a high, Guidetti has to hope that 2015 continues in the same vain.

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