AS Roma’s Nigerian defender Nura Abdullahi has been forced to retire from football on medical advice at the age of just 21.

He has a contract with the Italian side until June 2021 and was initially placed on a ‘period of rest’ by his club after heart tests in March 2018.

BBC Sport understands the club will honour his contract and he will now take up a non-playing role with them.

Roma are also exploring the idea of enabling him to continue work as a scout or ambassador for the club.

He played in Serie B with Spezia and on loan at Perugia from Roma.

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Abdullahi was a member of the club’s 2015-16 title-winning Primavera (U-19) squad, he was promoted to the first-team group in 2017 but did not make a senior appearance for the three-time Italian champions.

He also starred for Roma in the UEFA Youth League and back in February 2016 Abdullahi told the Roma website that he would love to win the Champions League someday.

 

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