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Real Sociedad's Russian midfielder Valery Karpin is set to retire from football at the end of this season.

Karpin, who turns 34 this month, has turned down the option to renew his contract.

"At the moment, I am thinking about retiring at the end of the season," he said.

"I am clear in my mind that I don't want to spend another year earning a lot of money and not feeling 100% involved. I don't want to cheat anyone, certainly not Real Sociedad," he added.

Karpin was an inspirational player last season when his side was in sensational form that saw them narrowly miss out on the Primera Liga crown.

damn.... he's not old:depress: i will miss him so much!:depress:
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