Simone Perrotta announces retirement

Perrotta announces retirement
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Experienced Italian midfielder Simone Perrotta announces his retirement from professional football.

Italian midfielder Simone Perrotta has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 35-year-old, who has been with Serie A outfit Roma since 2004, also represented Reggina, Juventus, Bari and Chievo during an illustrious playing career.

"I definitely won't stay on at Roma as a player. I don't think I'll continue playing at all, in fact, as I'd prefer to end my career as an ex-Roma player rather than at another club," he told Teleradiostereo.

"I wanted to finish my playing days with this jersey and I feel it's the right thing to do."

The veteran, who could remain with Roma in a coaching capacity, won the World Cup with his country in 2006.

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