My body has failed me’ – Tom Cleverley announces shock retirement, posts emotional statement

Tom Cleverley, a former star for Manchester United, announced his retirement at the age of 33 while tearfully lamenting that his “body has failed me.”

Due to injury, Cleverley only made four appearances for Watford last season.

The midfielder, a product of Man United’s renowned development program, has finally made the decision to hang up his boots.
The midfielder, a product of Man United’s renowned development program, has finally made the decision to hang up his boots.

He posted a sincere statement on social media while openly admitting that his “body has failed me.

He announced his retirement from playing football by posting a number of images of himself in action from throughout his career to Instagram with the caption: “Today I am announcing my retirement from football as a player. In the past year, it has been extremely challenging to overcome injury-related challenges. Unfortunately, my body has let me down and is no longer capable of performing.

“I haven’t done a lot of introspection just yet, but I’m trying to concentrate on a promising future and I’m looking forward to what it will bring.

“I would like to thank staff, teammates, and fans at Leicester, Wigan, Aston Villa, Everton, and England.

“Manchester United deserve special mention, especially Paul McGuiness and Sir Alex Ferguson,” he continued. the individuals and the team who helped me build my foundation as a player and a person, as well as the team who helped me realize my dreams. I’m incredibly proud to have represented the first team after graduating from the academy.

“To all the Watford Football Club staff members. I have the honor of residing in this club. It has been an honor to serve as our club’s captain, and I will always hold the staff, players, and supporters in my heart. I’ll never be able to return the love you’ve shown me from the time I was a young loanee to the moment I retire as a grown man.

Lastly, I want to express my gratitude for my wife, kids, parents, and agent. I am aware that it hasn’t always been easy for you folks, but without you, none of this would have been possible.
Some of the players that paid respect to him included Jack Grealish, Rio Ferdinand, Ben Foster, Jordan Henderson, and Troy Deeney.
Before going to Everton, Cleverley played 79 games for Manchester United while on loan at Leicester City, Watford, Wigan, and Aston Villa.

He subsequently went back to Watford, where he ultimately agreed to a long-term contract in 2017. He played for the team at various times in both the Premier League and the Championship.

Cleverley, who led Man United to the league triumph in the 2012–13 campaign, has 13 England caps to his credit.


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