Gianni Munari “would have liked to continue playing," but has retired due to fitness problems and joined the Parma directorial staff as a talent scout.
The 36-year-old midfielder has decided to hang up his boots and focus on a new chapter of his life, as a scout for the Crociati.
“I wanted to continue, but my physical problems halted me this last year, and it slowed me down,” he told the official club website.
“I’m very connected to this club, I’m from Emilia, I feel close to home. My brother is a Parma fan and I grew up with a Parma dream team. I feel at home.”
Now he is focused on his new role and confirmed he will be following the youth closely to help the club find new talent for the future.
“The thing I’ll miss the most is the dressing room. I’ve never thought about becoming a coach, and I never will.
“I will be part of the scouting team and will be watching the youth teams and first teams. I’ve already mentally prepared for it.”
Munari has also had spells with Verona, Cagliari, Fiorentina and Sampdoria, but now retires after 120 matches in Serie A. He scored nine goals in the process and thanked his family for their support and the club for giving him yet another opportunity to work in football.
“Many thanks to all of you, to my wife and all my friends. Thanks to Parma Calcio, the director and the coach Roberto D’Aversa, who are giving me this opportunity. Above all, I thank myself for never giving up and as I have always done, I will give all of myself to this new role.”
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