Carlos Carvalhal: 'I wasn't surprised by Jeremy Helan retirement'

Vurnon Anita of Newcastle United vies with Jeremy Helan of Sheffield Wednesday during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday at St James Park on September 23, 2015
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Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal says that he was not surprised by Jeremy Helan's decision to retire from professional football.

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal has said that Jeremy Helan's "head was not in football" before it was revealed that he was retiring from the sport.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Helan was ending his professional playing career to focus on religion, and Carvalhal has suggested that he was not surprised by the Frenchman's decision.

The 50-year-old told BBC Radio Sheffield: "It's not new for me. It's something I've talked to him about since the start of the season.

"When he talked with me I understood and I just said to him to take some time to be sure about the decision.

"In that period he was very professional - he's a nice guy - but I must tell you that his head isn't in football."

During his career, Helan made a total of 159 appearances for the likes of Wednesday, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester City.

Vurnon Anita of Newcastle United vies with Jeremy Helan of Sheffield Wednesday during the Capital One Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Sheffield Wednesday at St James Park on September 23, 2015
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