Former Chelsea winger Jesper Gronkjaer set to retire

Jesper Gronkjaer
Gronkjaer retired from international football in 2010

Former Chelsea and Birmingham winger Jesper Gronkjaer has announced his retirement from football at the age of 33.

Gronkjaer will quit the game after FC Copenhagen's final match of the season on Sunday against Aalborg.

The former Danish international, who joined Copenhagen in 2006, said he was retiring for health reasons.

"I'd like to be able to go jogging when I have played my last football game," he said. "I want a life without aches."

Gronkjaer, who played against his former side Chelsea in the Champions League in February, added that he wanted to bow out of the game at "the peak of his career".

FC Copenhagen have already wrapped up the 2011 Danish Superliga title and reached the knockout stage of the Champions League this season.

"I am worn out but not worn down," Gronkjaer told Danish television channel TV2.

Gronkjaer retired from international football following the 2010 World Cup after picking up 80 caps for his country.

The Dane has made 166 appearances for Copenhagen and has enjoyed spells with Ajax, Chelsea, Birmingham, Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart.

He began his professional career in 1995 against Copenhagen's opponents on Sunday, Aalborg.

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