Goodbye Thomas Vermaelen player, hello Thomas Vermaelen coach. The 36-year-old defender ended his football career, but immediately began working as an assistant with the Red Devils.
Bart Lage and Vincent van Gensten
About a month ago, it was announced that Vermaelen would not extend his contract with Japan’s Vissel Kobe. The defender was immediately a free player. Who or what prompted him to leave Japan is not clear to this day. Didn’t Kobe want to move on with him or did he just not want that far anymore? We have seen since the European Championship Vermaelen in Europe.
Vermaelen received some offers. Yes, also from Belgium. But no agreement was reached. Reports emerged recently that Vermaelen was considering quitting smoking and they are now confirmed. He replaced his football career with a career as an assistant in Roberto Martinez’s crew. The National Coach considers Vermaelen to be one of the best students on the separate coach course the Red Devils have received during their meetings.
In December, the Spaniard outlined the project in which he wants to help as many Red Devils of the current generation to obtain their coach’s diploma. “Take the current situation of Vermaelen, who has canceled his contract in Japan,” Martinez said. “Now he’s thinking, if he’s going to stop, to start as coach the next day.”
Our national team coach has been looking for one or more assistants after Sean Maloney left for Hibernian, and it’s also not certain that Thierry Henry, currently the only field assistant, will attend.
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