Dirk Kuyt spoke to the NOS about his decision to retire after winning the league title with Feyenoord.

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The 36-year old announced his retirement on Wednesday, bringing an end to a 19-year career which saw the forward represent Utrecht, Feyenoord, Fenerbahce and Liverpool, while earning over 100 caps for Netherlands.

Kuyt said on his retirement,  ”It was a difficult decision. Football is my life. But if you can play the last game of your career like last Sunday and win the league in such a way then you are grateful for everything that I have experienced.

”I made my decision a few weeks ago but I wanted to focus on winning the league with my teammates and after the euforia of winning the league I wanted to discuss it with Feyenoord.

”I want to remain associated with Feyenoord. We have achieved great things the last two years and I am happy to be guided in my new role with the club.

”I also want to do a manager’s course and see what the most logical role is for me within the club. I spoke to Martin van Geel and he even mentioned the possibility of doing the job that he does in the future.

”I am delighted with how my career has gone. I have squeezed every last drop out of it. I started at Quick Boys then FC Utrecht, Feyenoord, Liverpool and Fenerbahce and then be able to return to Feyenoord and furfil the ambition of becoming champions is a dream come true.”

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