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Dakar-born striker Souleymane Camara has retired after thirteen seasons with French Ligue 1 side – Montpellier.

“We spoke on Friday and the decision was taken,” club President Laurent Nicollin told Midi Libre newspaper on Monday.

“He’s now thinking about what he’ll do next. We’ve given him some time to know what he wants to do, if he wants to coach here. We’ve left the door open,” he added.

Camara started his footballing career with Monaco in 2001 before a loan spell at Guingamp and joining Nice four years later.

He was part of the Senegal squad with the likes of Tony Sylva, Habib Beye, Aliou Cisse, Ferdinand Coly, Khalilou Fadiga, Papa Bouba Diop, Henri Camara, El-Hadji Diouf, under coach Bruno Metsu that pippep France [1-0] en route to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals in Japan/Korea.

Camara [37] played a club-record 433 games for Montpellier in all competitions during his 13-year stay at Stade de la Mosson with 76 goals scored – a record bettered only by France legend Laurent Blanc.

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