Football: Former Real Madrid defender Arbeloa retires

Alvaro Arbeloa (left) celebrating with team mate Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez after scoring a goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on April 29, 2015.
Alvaro Arbeloa (left) celebrating with team mate Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez after scoring a goal against Almeria during their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on April 29, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Former Liverpool and Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa has decided to retire from professional football, the 34-year-old told a Spanish newspaper.

The Spain international won the 2010 Fifa World Cup and two European Championships in 56 appearances for his country.

He also won multiple trophies at Spanish champions Real Madrid, including one league and two Champions League titles.

Arbeloa signed a one-year contract at West Ham after being released from Real in August 2016 but made just four appearances for the London side.

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"It's time to say goodbye," Arbeloa told Marca.

Arbeloa made more than 150 appearances for Real in two stints at the club and is open to a return to the Bernabeu.

"Madrid is the club of my life, I will never call to ask for a job, but I am always available to offer myself," Arbeloa added.