Date: 27th August 2014 at 5:58pm
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Spanish goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has retired on medical grounds, after a heart problem was discovered.

The former Arsenal stopper was due to join Serie A side Cagliari, but the medical was halted when the potentially fatal complication was noticed.

Cagliari’s president, Tommaso Giulini, explained why in an interview with Tuttosport.

“Unfortunately,” he said. “There was a marked apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when the player was subjected to cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

“It is a dangerous heart problem that, without precautions, can cause sudden death.”

The 37-year-old called time on a 19-year career, while Cagliari will continue to look to bring in a goalkeeper before the transfer deadline.