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Jallet retires

Publish on 26/06/2020 at 10h15 - D. CROSSAN

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Christophe Jallet, twice a French champion with Paris Saint-Germain, has announced his retirement at the age of 36.

Following on from Mathieu Bodmer earlier in the week, another Amiens veteran has hung up his boots. Jallet, who won 16 France caps, was a Ligue 1 champion with PSG in 2013 and 2014 before moving on to Lyon, then Nice, before finishing his playing days at Amiens.

Jallet told L'Equipe: "I asked myself a lot of questions, and I had the time to ask them of myself over the last four months. Would my body be up to another season? What was the best thing to do for my family? For me? It was better to stop now rather than do another season with the risk of injury. Amiens weren't showing me the door and were offering me another season whether it was in Ligue 1 or Ligue 2. But I've reached the end of the road."

Zlatan? 'An immense champion'

The right-back told the newspaper Carlo Ancelotti was the coach who had the biggest impact on him at PSG between 2011 and 2013 and singled out Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the best player he played with: "Even if Zlatan has a character, he's an immense champion. Whether he's playing well or not, he always tries to lift the level of others, even if he doesn't always do it in the right way. We don't all have the same qualities, he had a lot more than us that's for sure, but he managed to make the team progress and win trophies."

Jallet's parents work in the wine business and that could be a potential post-football career for the defender: "I did so much grape harvesting when I was young, I know all about the various jobs involved from the vines through to fermentation but if I want to convert to that career, well you can't just improvise the switch."