Fabio Cannavaro's only great regret is “not being able to end his career at his beloved Napoli,” said his agent.
The 37-year-old Neapolitan announced his retirement on Saturday due to a recurring left knee injury, having played for Napoli, Parma, Inter, Juventus, Real Madrid and Al-Ahli.
“The only blemishes on his record were the time with Inter ruined by fitness problems,” agent Gaetano Fedele told Radio Sportiva.
“Then there is the great regret he was not able to end his career at his beloved Napoli. There were some talks and we were at times very close to a deal, but then President Aurelio De Laurentiis made other choices.
“It would've been a move made with the heart by Fabio, but then the Dubai doors opened and this too was a good life experience.”
Cannavaro has decided to hang up his boots precisely five years after lifting Italy's World Cup trophy in Berlin.
“A great man and a great player leaves football. He may not have had the greatest skills, but physically, athletically and in terms of character he was beyond the norm.
“I can only shake his hand and say it was a pleasure to assist him in his career.”
The now former defender has been offered a three-year contract to work on as a director at Al-Ahli, but reports claim Cannavaro also has a clause allowing him to return to Juventus.
“These are personal matters that are to be seen to later on,” added the agent. “Fabio's career will continue in the football world and he'll prove he is a champion off the field as well as on.”
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