Bojan is considering taking up a new sport, aged 32, after leaving Vissel Kobe in Japan

Former Barcelona and Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic is preparing to take up a new sport.

The 32-year-old forward, who was sacked by J-League club Vissel Kobe in December last year after a two-year stint, has enjoyed a 17-year career that has included stints at Roma, AC Milan, Ajax and more recently MLS -Montreal Impact team.

But the Spaniard is considering a life away from football. After leaving Japan over the winter, Bojan teamed up with former teammate Andres Iniesta to found Barcelona-based bike brand Guava Bikes.

At the time of writing they only have one model for sale, the Guava Spot, a bike that costs in excess of £5,000.

In addition to the Guava project, former Spain international Bojan is currently training for gravel cycling – a sport he has come to love in recent years.

Speaking to Spanish publication AS, the Barcelona youth product opened up about his new venture.

“I think if I go into this project it will stay and I will continue to be associated with cycling,” he said.

“It’s a good way to combine sport and social activity. I might soon be taking part in some races. I will prepare for it.

“I’ve always liked the bike, also as a means of transport, but I’ve loved gravel for about five years. Whenever I can, I go out to ride my routes.

“In football, it also serves as training because since it has no physical effects, you can cover many kilometers without damaging the body.”

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“If I’m honest with you, the Premier League was the first attraction,” he says.

“I went there not knowing Stoke’s style, not knowing much to be honest, but playing in England was a dream.”

Bojan knew it was a brave decision to join Stoke, who were going through a transition at the time, but it paid off.

In his debut season, the club won every game they scored until suffering a serious knee injury in an FA Cup win over Rochdale in January 2015.

“It was one of the biggest decisions of my career and I was proud to play for her,” he added.

“I’ve played for clubs big and small but after Barcelona I can say Stoke is my second home. That’s where I’ve been happiest.”

“I think I played my best level of football there. The fans are incredible and they still send me messages. They will always be in my heart.”

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