Inter defender Aleksandar Kolarov has announced that he is retiring from football at the end of his current contract which runs until June 30, according to a report in the Italian media.

The Serbian defender sent a retirement letter to the ANSA press agency which has been reported by Sport Mediaset.

Within the letter, the former Manchester City and AS Roma left back confirmed that he will be taking qualification courses to become a sports director at the Centro Tecnico Federale in Coverciano.

“Now I am already projected towards my second life in the world of football and for this reason, as soon as the announcements are published, I will enrol in the qualification courses, first as an observer and then as a sports director, at the Centro Tecnico Federale in Coverciano.”

He has won 11 major honours in his long career and is saying goodbye to playing at the age of 36. His final season with Inter featured almost no game time at all as it had become clear that he was not needed on the pitch anymore.

He expressed his happiness at everything that he achieved during his career. The headlines were the two Premier League titles with Manchester City and the Serie A title with Inter.

“I announce today my farewell to playing football. I always knew that sooner or later this day would come and, in spite of that, I am grateful to have managed to realise what has always been my dream.”