Ex-Arsenal goalkeeper Almunia retires because of heart defect
AUG 28, 2014 9:00a ET
Former Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has retired from football after a heart condition was detected at a routine medical.
He was a free agent having played the past two years at Watford.
However, Cagliari abandoned the signing of the 37-year-old after medical examinations revealed a heart problem.
"I can confirm that Manuel Almunia failed a medical due to a heart condition," Cagliari spokesman Alessandro Steri told Press Association Sport.
"Further tests done have revealed he is suffering from an apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM)."
HCM is a genetic heart disorder that can cause sudden death.
The Professional Footballers' Association confirmed Almunia will not play again.
The PFA stated on Twitter: "Manuel Almunia has had to retire after being diagnosed with a heart condition. All at the PFA wish him well for the future."