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Janssen hangs up his boots

Holland international Theo Janssen has announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect due to ongoing knee problems.

The 32-year-old midfielder revealed he will remain at his club Vitesse Arnhem club as a scout and specialists coach, a role he will take up on July 1.

Janssen has struggled to shake off a knee injury and, after a good start to the season, he last made an appearance for the Eredivisie high-flyers against Feyenoord on October 6 and has now admitted defeat in his battle to return to the field of play.

He told his club's official website vitesse.nl: "I fought for my last chance.

"After the ligament injury I definitely wanted to come back and play some games but because of a new injury, I did not.

"Because of this I started thinking about my future.

"I quickly came to the conclusion that it is no longer on the football field. My heart is with football and Vitesse.

"Those two things I can combine nicely in this new role.

"I think I have nice eye for talent. It seems to be a challenge for Vitesse to discover talented players to bring to the academy and to strengthen the first team."

Janssen began his career at his hometown club, making over 200 appearances between 1998 and 2008 and scoring 21 goals for Vitesse.

He also enjoyed three seasons with FC Twente - winning the Eredivisie title in the 2009-2010 season - and Ajax, where he helped the Amsterdam side retain their league title in 2011-2012 before he returned to Arnhem.

The midfielder won five caps playing for the Dutch national side since making his senior debut in 2006.