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Leeds United history maker makes heartfelt statement to fans after decision to retire

The former United midfielder, from Chapeltown, decided to hang up his boots in a statement posted on the player’s social media. Lennon played for five clubs during his career, starting at Elland Road where he made his professional debut as a teenager.

Aged 16 years and four months, Lennon became the Premier League’s youngest ever debutant in August 2003, in a game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, where he would feature more than 250 times in ten years. north of London.

Lennon then moved on to Everton and Burnley, before flying to Turkey where he represented Kayserispor in the twilight of his career. Last season, the former Englishman returned to Turf Moor for a year before leaving at the end of the campaign with the relegated Clarets in the Championship.

LONDON – MARCH 6: Marvin Elliott of Millwall tries to tackle Aaron Lennon of Leeds during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The New Den on March 6, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

“Thank you,” Lennon began in his retirement statement. was a very difficult decision because football has been my life since I was probably 3 years old and the last 20 years playing professionally at the highest level have been so amazing. I loved every minute!

“Football means so much to me and always will. I don’t think I realized how much until I started to consider this retirement, it has been everything and more.

“All the players I’ve played with, it’s been an absolute pleasure. The managers, the coaching staff and all the other staff who do all the hard work behind the scenes, really amazing people at the club that I will personally thank and hope they meet again in the future And of course the amazing clubs and fans I got to play and represent including my country.

“I’ve loved each of the clubs and fanbases and I know that doesn’t happen to a lot of players so I’m very grateful,” Lennon added, before signing: “The world of football thanks you from the bottom of your hearts. my heart.”

Lennon remains the fifth-youngest player to ever play in the Premier League, making over 400 appearances in the competition. The 35-year-old represented Leeds 43 times during his teenage years.