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Swansea captain Leon Britton: I considered retirement

Swansea captain Leon Britton: I considered retirement
From ESPN - August 11, 2017

Leon Britton has revealed he considered retirement before helping Swansea stay in the Premier League last season.

Club captain Britton's future looked bleak when Paul Clement overlooked the 34-year-old veteran during the first few months of his tenure.

But Britton got his chance with Swansea in dire relegation straits and the midfielder played a huge role, with 13 points from the last five games keeping the Welsh club in the top flight.

Britton subsequently signed a new one-year contract in June with the option of another 12 months, but admits he felt his time at Swansea was close to an end after playing over 520 games.

"There have been times like that [thinking about retirement], I am not going to lie,'' Britton said ahead of Swansea's Premier League opener at Southampton.

"There are times when you train hard, but if you are not playing on the weekend it's difficult.

"As much as I love training, there's no better buzz as a footballer than stepping out on the pitch and playing.

"I have got this year with the option of another year, depending on how many games I play. So if the worst-case scenario was I did not hit the amount of games, then we'd have to see what happens at the end of the season.

"But I still feel fit, I still feel strong.''

Head coach Clement plainly showed his gratitude at the midfielder's efforts by admitting he drank from a mug, sent in by a supporter, with the words 'Keep calm and play Britton'.

The Londoner said he shared a joke with Clement about the mug, but Britton's influence on Swansea's survival last season extended to events beyond the pitch.

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