Álvaro Arbeloa has announced he will retire from football this summer after a very difficult season at West Ham. The defender doesn’t want to play anymore despite physically he feels very well. The former Real Madrid player will go back to the Spanish capital and, perhaps, he could join the club and work for Los Blancos.
The right-back is only 34 years old (17-01-1983), but he thinks he’s not mentally prepared to play at a top level anymore. Arbeloa joined West Ham after seven years playing for Real Madrid. He could only play 3 games in the Premier League, enjoying 258 minutes. In his interview with Marca, where he announces the retirement, he admits the difficulties he suffered in London.
Álvaro Arbeloa was a very special player for Real Madrid supporters. He played for Los Blancos until 2006. Soon after, he went to play to Deportivo de la Coruña and then he travelled to Liverpool, where he spent three successful seasons. Real Madrid bought him for €4M and he spent seven more seasons with Los Blancos.
Arbeloa has always shown his love for Real Madrid and he’s very active in social media supporting his team. During the Mourinho period, he was a heavy defender of the Portuguese coach, but he continued at the club even after Mourinho left. With Real Madrid, Arbeloa won one La Liga, two Copa del Rey, one Spanish Supercup, two Champions League, one European Supercup and one FIFA Club World Cup. Besides, he won one World Cup and two European Championships with Spain.
After a very successful career, Arbeloa could work for Los Blancos: “Real Madrid know I’ll be there in the case they need me, because it’s my home, my beloved club. But I’ll never call to ask, but to offer. They know they can count on me. But in a short term I don’t know. I just quit […]. I have the sports director title and I’ll study to get the coach one”, Arbeloa said.