BLAISE MATUIDI has retired from football following his exit from Inter Miami.
But he has jumped the gun and announced he will be hanging up his boots for good.
He wrote on Instagram: “Football, I loved you so much. Football, you have given me so much, but it’s time to stop.
“When I look back on this long journey, my eyes are full of stars.
“I fulfilled my dreams as a child, my dreams as a man. It’s a tight throat but I’m proud to turn this page today.
“Thank you to the people who allowed me to be part of this amazing journey. Thanks to my teammates who became my friends, my brothers.
“Thank you coaches, managers, high-level players, and also amateur football, volunteers. Thank you to my family who always supported me.
“Finally, thank you to you, who have always given me the strength and extra soul to go higher”.
The battling midfielder has spent the last two years of his career in America.
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But before he moved across the Atlantic, he was considered one of the elite players in Europe.
The highlight of his career was when he won the World Cup with France in 2018.