Copenhagen winger Jesper Gronkjaer to retire

Copenhagen winger Jesper Gronkjaer to retire

Published May. 26, 2011 12:10 p.m. ET

FC Copenhagen winger Jesper Gronkjaer says he will retire after the final game of the season on Sunday citing health reasons.

The 33-year-old former Ajax and Chelsea player said Thursday he wanted to stop ''at the peak of his football career.'' Copenhagen has already wrapped up the league title and hosts Aalborg - where Gronkjaer started his career - in its last game.

''I am worn out but not worn down,'' Gronkjaer said in a live interview on TV2. ''I'd like to be able to go jogging when I have played my last football game. I want a life without aches.''

Gronkjaer was a key player in the Copenhagen team that reached the knockout stage of the Champions League for the first time this year.


He has made 166 appearances for Copenhagen since joining in 2006 after spells with Ajax, Chelsea, Birmingham, Atletico Madrid and Stuttgart.

Gronkjaer played 80 times for Denmark before quitting international football following the 2010 World Cup.