Former Premier League striker Saha announces retirement

Sky Sports is reporting that former Fulham, Manchester United and Everton striker Louis Saha has announced his retirement from football at the age of 35.

Saha began his career at Metz in 1997, with his first spell in England coming in the shape of a loan move to Newcastle United during the 1998-99 season. It was when he joined Fulham in the summer of 2000 that he made his name, helping them to the Premier League with 101 points in his first season at the club.

He eventually finished at Craven Cottage with 64 goals in 144 appearances before he made a £12.8m move to Manchester United in 2004. Despite competing with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Carlos Tevez, and Ruud van Nistelrooy in his time under Sir Alex Ferguson, he contributed 42 goals in 124 games before leaving for Everton in 2008.

At Everton, he struggled with injuries, but still managed 35 goals in 115 appearances. He finished with three brief spells, first at Tottenham Hotspur. He also only lasted a few months at both Sunderland and Lazio respectively.

Saha used Twitter to announce the end of his playing career, which also included 20 caps for France. He said: “Want to thks all managers, all staffs, all teammates, all opponents, all fans, for all support and love towards me during my football career. I will stop to be call a professional footballer and wish many young talent to enjoy as much as me my football. Love you and thx again.

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