Portuguese star Luis Figo has rubbished reports that he will postpone his retirement and join either Real Mallorca or Tottenham Hotspur this summer. The 36-year-old former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner was beleived to have hung up his boots for good last summer, after ending the 2008/09 campaign with Inter Milan. However, reports have since surfaced that both Spurs and Mallorca are interested in recruiting the ex-Barcelona and Real Madrid playmaker for one final hurrah. But Figo, who made more than 100 league appearances for Sporting Lisbon, Barca, Real and Inter, has insisted he has no plans to play professionally again. “I’ve heard about the interest but the person who it came from isn’t even the president of the club [Mallorca] yet,” Figo told reporters in Portugal. “My assistant knows about the interest from Mallorca, but at this moment my priority is to rest and I’m not thinking about getting back on the pitch. “If I wanted to continue playing football I’d have continued playing for Inter Milan. “My future involves a different professional activity. I can’t say more at the moment, but after hanging up my boots it’s logical that I’m not going to stand still.”
28 July 2009
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