Wednesday August 27 2014
Cagliari discovered Almunia heart condition

Manuel Almunia has retired at the age of 37 after a Cagliari medical found a heart problem.

The goalkeeper had been all ready to sign a one-year contract with the Sardinians earlier this month, but the deal never went through.

It was only known that he had three different medicals with the club and they did not consider him suitable to play.

Today it was revealed Cagliari doctors found a heart condition during the medical exam and it prompted him to retire.

“It was spotted during his first visit and confirmed after further tests at the clinic in Padua,” explained Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini.

Almunia has therefore decided to retire at the age of 37 after a 20-year career with the likes of Arsenal, West Ham and Watford.

It’s reported he was diagnosed with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy – a disease that thickens the heart tissue and can cause sudden cardiac death in athletes.

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