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Swansea midfielder Leon Britton announces retirement

The Portuguese's contract expired this month, although the deal included an option to extend it, but the club's board have made a decision to look elsewhere.

Little more than two months ago, after his resurgent team had beaten West Ham 4-1 at home to move up to 13th place in the table, this one-man walking metaphor seemed to be striding towards survival and a long-term contract.

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton has announced that he is to retire at the end of the season.

Laudrup's agent Bayram Tutumlu said: "Huw Jenkins [the chairman] asked me about Michael but Michael could not leave his club".

Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Swansea City on Thursday, December 28, 2017 appointed 52-year-old Portuguese tactician Carlos Carvalhal as their new manager.

He went on to play 25 times - including in a crucial final-day victory over Hull City, winning a penalty in the process - that preserved Swansea's Football League status.

Britton also featured in the club's Football League Trophy win in 2006 and started in their League Cup triumph in 2013, playing in their run to the Europa League last 32 the following season.


"He hasn't looked like a man who can turn things around of late". If he was brought in to keep them in the division, and the pressures that go along with that, I think you'd have seen a different scenario. "If I am being honest, it's been hard this year and my body is telling me to stop".

"I'm not for one minute suggesting Swansea had anything to do with [the hotel cancellation]", said Hughes.

There are unlikely to be too many pasteis de nata on offer when Carlos Carvalhal holds his final press conference as Swansea City manager tomorrow.

"The base for me in the future will always be Swansea".

"Leon will play part of the game", confirmed Carvalhal.

The Swans have just two games to rescue their season after dropping into the relegation zone, and face a must win game against Southampton on Tuesday night.

Only a draw will do and then the Baggies would need to beat Crystal Palace on the final day and require both Swansea and Southampton to lose in their last games, the latter with a five goal swing.

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