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Miguel Michu: Life after football and why he retired so early.

Whenever you hear the name tag 'One Season Wonder', especially when it comes to the English football, one of the names that come to mind is that of former Swansea City forward, Miguel Michu. What an impact he made in his brief stint in the Premier League.

Michu had a brilliant debut season in England but as time went on he suddenly disappeared off our faces. This led to football fans wondering about where he is and what he now does for a living. Michu is still very much in the footballing circle, though neither as a footballer, nor as a coach.

Michu is currently the technical secretary of his Spanish boyhood club, Real Oviedo. The one-cap Spanish international called time on his football career at the age of 31, an age when a footballer is expected to be at the top of his game. It was a hard decision for him though as he had no choice after series of career-threatening injuries. 

“According to medical reports, the current situation of my right ankle has come to a point where it has forced me to say goodbye as a professional football player today. Even though I am saying farewell to you with so much sorrow, I know that we will always be united. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the magical moments that you have given to me during all this time”.

Those were the words of Miguel Michu as his childhood dreams got terminated so early. Michu's 16 goals in 37 appearances for Rayo Vallecano was all he needed to catch the attention of then Premier League club, Swansea City and the rest was history.

He hit the ground running on his arrival in England as his brace on his Premier League debut gave Swansea a 5-0 victory over QPR. Then it was against Arsenal we all knew what's up as his two late goals secured Swansea all three points against the Gunners.

Michu also scored against Manchester United home and away, likewise Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspurs. He ended the season with 22 goals and his 2 million pounds transfer fee looked like a steal. He earned himself just one cap for the Spanish national team and his career went southward as he struggled to continue on his brilliant tempo.

He struggled in the following season and was shipped out on loan to Napoli. His injury issues struck and the loan ended unsuccessfully. He then cut ties with Swansea and headed home in Oviedo. His administrative career has not been bad and he is currently doing well for himself.

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