Richard Dunne insists he's not ready to retire

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Former Aston Villa defender Richard Dunne has insisted he won't retire after his release from the club.

Dunne was injured for the whole of the last campaign and failed to make an appearance under manager Paul Lambert.

However, the 33-year old holds no grudges against his former club and boss Lambert.

"I have no axe to grind with Villa," Dunne told reporters. "They treated me well, spent a lot of money on my medical needs and made their decision once my contract was up.

"It was on the cards. Nothing surprised me about that. Paul wished me well. He's a fair man."

Dunne joined Villa in 2009 from Manchester City for £5million and went on to make 114 appearances at Villa Park.

He featured in Ireland's friendly win over Georgia last night, his first match since Ireland's Euro 2012 campaign.

The Irish defender admits he's had a tough time but that's made him more determined to return.

"The entire year was very hard, really frustrating," he added. "I kept being told I would be back playing in six weeks. Three times I was told that. 

"If someone had told me at the start of the season that I would be out for nine months, I could have handled that. 

"But it was setback after setback and I was gearing myself up for big matches and then breaking down with a recurrence of the injury. 

"I was annoyed about not making those games and felt like a failure."

Dunne has been capped 77 times for Ireland is now a free agent and is looking for a new club.

He progressed through the Everton academy before joining Manchester City. At City he was appointed club captain and became their first ever player to win the 'Player of the Year' award four times.

After his release, Dunne insists he has offers to consider and will not be retiring in the summer.

He concluded: "I am not worried and won't take any old offer that comes my way. I can pick and choose and see what is best for me. I won't rush into anything."


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