Panucci calls time on career
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Former Italy international Christian Panucci has announced his retirement from football at the age of 37.

In a glorious 20-year career, the right back, who could also play in the centre of defence, represented AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea among other teams.

I had other offers from the United States but I don't have the same desire as before.
Christian Panucci on his decision to retire

He won the UEFA Champions League with both Milanese giants and Los Merengues, and lifted titles in Italy and Spain.

"I had other offers from the United States but I don't have the same desire as before, it's right to say enough," he told Sky Sport 24.

Panucci reserved special thanks for England coach Fabio Capello, with whom he worked at AC Milan, Real and Roma.

"Being the first Italian at Real Madrid and having won the Champions League was one of the best moments," he said about his three years in Spain.

Following eight campaigns at Roma, Panucci, who began his career with Genoa, spent his last season at Parma.