Romanian defender Cristian Chivu has all but confirmed that he will retire from football due to ongoing injury problems.
The 33-year-old has been out of action since May 2013 and he has just found out that he will require another operation.
And despite his current deal at Inter Milan due to expire at the end of the season, he has reportedly agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent.
At the same time, the former Romania international admitted that he was set to retire from football altogether.
“The first is that I require another complex operation, so it will be difficult to predict my future as a player. At this moment what interests me is my life as a man, being healthy, whole and calm,” Chivu wrote in his Twitter account.
“The second is that I met with the club, we talked about my future and found a solution which we will shortly let you know about.
“I thank you for your understanding, Cristian Chivu.”
Cristian Chivu represented Resita, Universitatea Craiova, Ajax and Roma before joining Inter Milan in the summer of 2007.
He has since made a total of 115 Serie A appearances, scoring 3 goals and lifting three league titles in the process.
Chivu also earned 59 Romania caps and represented his country at Euro 2000, 2002 World Cup, 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008.