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29.12.2005 Football News

Desailly Quits Football

By CitiFm
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Ghanaian-born French football legend Marcel Desailly says he is set for retirement in the next three months. The defender who just ended a deal at Qatar club, Al Qatari, had initially stated that he intended to move to the English Premiership ! to continue playing for at least one season before hanging his boots with rumors rife that Portsmouth Manager Harry Redknapp has declared his intention of signing the former Chelsea defender.

Desailly told CITI FM that upon careful thought, which included his age consideration, he has decided to quit the beautiful game and allow the young ones to continue.

'I think I'm old now and I have to leave the game for the young ones, 'he added. Marcel Desail! ly last Sunday led a hot of African stars to play at charity game for ORPHANAGE AFRICA at the Ohene Djan sports stadium. Desailly won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 with the French national team. He arrived in France as a 4-year-old after being adopted by a French diplomat, and began his career in FC Nantes, turning professional in 1986. In 1992, he moved to Olympique de Marseille, and won the European Cup the following year, in a team that included Abedi Pele