Former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba is determined to make the most of life after football.
The 23-year-old was forced to retire from the game after suffering a heart attack in an English Premier League game against Tottenham in March, an incident which captured the attention of the football world.
The Congo-born midfielder has admitted he misses the game but is thoroughly enjoying spending time with his family and friends.
“I miss the game but I have to be realistic because once upon a time I was dead,” he said.
“It would have been great if I’d come back and played football but it’s just not meant to be. I’m just grateful to be able to spend time with my friends and family and do this kind of interview to share my testimony with everybody. Also to motivate people that they should not take life for granted; one minute you’re playing football, the next you might not be able to play football.
“So you always should cherish every moment you spend with friends and family and be able to always be cheerful because you never know what’s around the corner.”
After spending much of his life on the pitch, Muamba is keen to move into a career that involves football but insists he is in no hurry to rush into a decision regarding his future.
“I’m just taking time and assessing where I fit myself into the game of football and hopefully when the time is right I’ll make a decision and do what I think is best for me and move forward from there.”
“I don’t worry too much about the future ’cause if you worry you’re going to get another heart attack.”