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Cantona announces retirement
 
Manchester United hero Eric Cantona shocked English football by announcing his retirement from the game yesterday.
   The decision was revealed by the United chairman, Martin Edwards, at a hastily convened press conference just a week after the French striker celebrated winning his fourth Premier League title with the English giants.
   The controversial 30 year old, once banned for eight months for attacking a fan, has been the key player in United's domination of English football since his transfer from Leeds in 1992.
"I have played football for 13 years, which is a long time," he said. " I now wish to do other things.
   "I have always planned to retire when I was at the top and at Manchester United I have reached the pinnacle of my career.
   "In the last four and a half years I have enjoyed my best football and had a wonderful time.
   "I have had a marvellous relationship with the coach, manager, staff, players and not least the fans.
   "I wish Manchester United even more success in the future."
Eric Cantona
 
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