Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov calls time on his playing career
By Joe Nelson
Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov has called time on his career following his attempted return to professional football after beating leukaemia.
The Bulgarian had been back in first team training with the Villans for their pre-season but has admitted that he won’t be able to play professionally again.
The 37-year-old won Aston Villa’s Player of the Year on two occasions and went into a coaching role with the club in 2015 for a short spell.
The decision to call it a day comes four years after being forced into retirement by his diagnosis.
Speaking on Bulgarian TV Petrov said: “There will be no comebacks,” as quoted by the Mail Online. “My return to professional football has failed but I will explain the reasons at a later stage.
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“I am glad I was able to come back and do a pre-season, but sometimes things do not work out the way we want.”
It would have been a fairy-tale return for Petrov, who led Villa with the captain’s armband from 2009-2013, before being forced into retirement. Petrov returned to action with Villa in pre-season.
He made over 200 appearances for Villa and led them to a sixth-placed finish in the Premier League in his first season with the captain’s armband.
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