French international and left-back Benoît Trémoulinas has this morning announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 33 in an official statement.
“I have given everything, tried everything. But after three surgeries on my knee in two and half years, my physical state no longer permits me to continue my career as a footballer. In the first instance, I want to thank my wife. She was a real pillar during this difficult period. I have particular thoughts for those close to me, those who had always been by my side, who I care about very much, my family, my friends and my best friend.
Also my in-laws for their support, Loïc Lepoutre of Sport Analysis and Arnaud Bruchard as well as his team at 11 Leader for the energy and the time that they devoted me on this knee. Finally, I thank Dr. Hervé Silbert, Eric Lasseur and Frédérique Khiami.
I want to thank my first coaches at Girondins de Bordeaux Football Club: Emmanuel Courtot, Fabrice Duluc. They made me have a lot of fun from an early age and taught me the true values of football, humility, respect, self-denial. Guy Dubois, Lucas Philippe, Patrick Battiston, Pierrot Labat and Jean-Louis Triaud were also very important people in my development. Speaking of development, I can not omit the importance of Laurent Blanc and Jean Louis Gasset, I owe them a lot!
Thanks to the world of football I was able to make great friendships. I had great football moments, victories, titles, finals, defeats … that made me grow as a player and as a man. I feel very proud to have won all the national titles with my clubs, Bordeaux and then Sevilla FC, winning two Europa Leagues under the leadership of Unai Emery.
I also had wonderful moments in Kiev, Ukraine and Saint Étienne, in this famous cauldron where I had the chance to meet Christophe Galtier, Roland Romeyer and Bernard Caiazzo. Finally one of my biggest sources of pride during my career, was to wear the French national team shirt five times thanks to Didier Deschamps.
To conclude, I would like to say a big thank you to the fans without whom football would not be much, a thought to the Ultramarines and all the supporters of Bordeaux, the people of Saint-Etienne, rojiblancos of Sevilla, supporters of Dynamo, and those of the French national team who have always supported me, pushed me to surpass myself, thank you to all.
It’s time to close this page and open another one, which I hope will be as rich as the first.
See you soon