Premier League winner retires on 35th birthday

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35-year-old former Premier League striker Louis Saha has retired from football, stating the time was right to finally hang up his boots.

Saha had been plying his trade in Italy with S.S. Lazio, until Tuesday when his contract came to an end with the club.

The Frenchmen's career in the Premier League came to be when he signed for Fulham after spending a season-long long with Newcastle United from FC Metz in France.

Fulham signed the striker for a fee of £2.1million back in 2000; Saha spent four seasons at Craven Cottage, featuring 142 times for the club, scoring 63 times, including their promotion to the Premier League the same year. His performances for Fulham attracted the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United.

In 2004, during the transfer window, Manchester United signed Louis Saha for £12.4million, after Fulham had already told United that Saha wasn't for sale.

Saha was given the number 9 shirt at Old Trafford, where he spent five seasons with the club, winning the Premier League twice, and the UEFA champions League.

His career in Manchester was not one which was full of goals, as he scored a mere 28 times domestically during his time there, a feat he accomplished in his first season with Fulham. 

At the age of 30, Manchester United decided to sell Saha to the Merseyside club, Everton, for an undisclosed fee, where he agreed a contract on a pay-as-you-play deal. 

Saha featured 115 times for Everton during a four-year season, scoring 35 goals for the club.

In 2012, Saha moved from Everton to Spurs, on a free transfer, agreeing a deal on a six-month contract. Saha featured nine times for Tottenham before signing for Sunderland in August 2012, where he made 14 appearances, scoring no goals.

In February, Saha signed another six-month contract, this time with Italian club Lazio, where he spent the 24 weeks of his career, before announcing his retirement from the game.

Saha enjoyed a long and successful career in England, playing for no less than six clubs over a 13-year career, winning the Premier League on two occasions.


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