Andreas Laudrup retires aged 24 with rheumatoid arthritis

The former Liverpool and Chelsea target is the son of Michael Laudrup.

The Laudrup name certainly carries some credence in Danish football. Michael and Brian Laudrup are two of the most gifted footballers the country has ever produced.

Michael, a former Real Madrid and Barcelona star, is also well known for managing Swansea City. He also has a very talented footballing son - Andreas.

Andreas Laudrup has often been courted by Premier League teams. In 2012 he was linked with Chelsea by CalcioMercato.

In January 2013 it was reported he had turned down Liverpool by the Liverpool Echo. Instead, he went to French outfit Saint-Etienne from FC Nordsjaelland - who he had helped win the Danish league title and in their Champions League adventure.

But now the 24-year-old once linked with moves to clubs such as Chelsea and Liverpool has retired from football.

Laudrup joined AGF Aarhus last summer in search of regular football and a kick-start to his career. Unfortunately that idea has been cut short. It was confirmed yesterday that Laudrup Jr had retired from football because of chronic rheumatoid arthritis. A debilitating illness, it has caused the young midfielder pain in his joints for years. With no cure in sight, he has had to make the unfortunate decision to stop playing.

A real shame for one so young, but perhaps he can follow in the footsteps of his father and become a successful manager in the future.

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