Daniel Agger Reveals Reasons for Early Retirement and Interest from Top Clubs

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Daniel Agger shocked the football world after announcing retirement at the age of 31.

The former Liverpool defender only recently left the Premier league in order to joinBrondby, the club where he started his career. In his eight years at Liverpool,Agger became one of the top ball playing centre backs in the Premier League. The quality within the Danish international was clearly apparent and Barcelona were even trying to sign him for around £ 30 million just a year before he joinedBrondby. However, he has rather quickly announced his retirement after suffering numerous injuries over the last 18 months.

The 31-year-old has now revealed that his career may have been cut short as a result of taking too many painkilling medications. He says that he too many anti-inflammatory pills in his career and they have accelerated his ageing process to the extent that he has had to retired from the game. Centre backs usually carry on playing until they are 36 or 37.

If it not had been for the injuries,Brondby might have been unable to secure the signing of Agger. The defender also revealed that his breakdown in the relationship with then-manager Brendan Rodgers was also a crucial element in his departure from Anfield.

"I have taken too much . I know that full well, and it sucks, but I did stop it [in the end]. I am not gaining anything personally from saying this but I can only hope that other athletes do. It could be that others take a pill or two less. I am in a place where I have had enough, mentally and physically. And it also means something to me that I feel that I can still play at a good standard,” said Agger about the reasons for his early retirement and numerous offers from top clubs.