Swansea ace Michu is considering retirement after undergoing another surgery on a reoccurring ankle problem, according to reports from the Mirror.
Michu was loaned out to Napoli last season but was rarely used due to injury, and the Spaniard is currently in discussions with the Swans over his immediate future.
Talks were supposed to be concluded before the transfer deadline, however the Welsh club have been reluctant to pay the £1.5million compensation to terminate his contract while interested clubs have been warded off by his hefty £40,000-a-week salary.
Whatever the outcome, it could be the 29-year-old’s final act as a professional footballer following another ankle operation.
Michu used to be adored at the Liberty Stadium in which he scored 22 goals and helped the club win the Capital One Cup in the 2012-2013 campaign.
And manager Gary Monk still hopes that there is a positive end in negotiations, despite Michu not at his disposal for the season.
“It is still ongoing as far as I know, but he is not with us in Swansea,” said Monk. “He is training in his homeland and we are trying to come to an agreement with another club to take him, or find a good way to get it sorted for all parties.
“It has taken longer than we would have liked.
“I have not heard he is thinking of retiring but I have left dealing with that situation to the chairman.”