Manchester City starlet Sinan Bytyqi has retired from football at the age of 22, due to a heart condition.
The midfielder's loan spell at Go Ahead Eagles was cut short last season after just four Eredivisie appearances, with the health issue revealed and Bytyqi forced to return to England with Cityzen offered him the opportunity to become a loan
The Kosovo Under-21 ace told Daily Mail how his life changed late last year at training after he had been named in the Dutch top-flight's team of the week.
Bytyqi was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a disease that enlarges part of the heart, preventing it from working properly.
He said: "I went in and there was the manager, the coaches, the physios.
"I thought, 'what's going on here?'. It was weird.
"The manager pulled out a piece of paper and told me that they had found something on my annual heart monitoring test in Manchester and I had to go back to England.
"He also said it is the kind of condition that stops you from playing a professional sport.
''They said if I continued playing I would have a four percent chance of my heart stopping and that if I stopped, that would be one percent.
"I've known since I was a child that there was something a little different. But something like this only shows itself when you are fully grown."
Bytyqi has now switched to an off-field role but admitted: "All I ever wanted to do was play football."
'I can't change yesterday but I can change tomorrow,' he says. 'I go home and cry or I move on.'
He is grateful to City for their backing. 'Maybe two out of 10 clubs would keep you,' he says. 'I have to thank them [City] for giving me a chance. For me
the best job in the world is getting paid to play football and the second best is getting paid to watch it.'
He pauses, and then adds: 'I am very lucky.'
Bytyqi had been called into the Kosovo squad for World Cup qualifying prior to his retirement, but never made his international debut.