Leeds United have paid tribute to Aaron Lennon with a post on Instagram after the winger announced his retirement from playing on Tuesday.

Lennon had been without a club since the summer having left Burnley for a second time following the Clarets’ relegation from the Premier League.

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Sadly, the 35-year-old has now decided to hang up his boots.

Leeds pay tribute as Aaron Lennon announces retirement

Leeds have now sent a message to the former England international on social media, wishing him all the best in the future…

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Whites fans were denied the chance to see Lennon representing the club at his best. Of course, he became the youngest ever Premier League player when he made his debut for Leeds in 2003.

Unfortunately, much like James Milner, Lennon came through at a time when Leeds were falling apart off the field.

Obviously, the club was relegated from the top-flight in 2004. And the financial problems ensured that Leeds had little choice but to sell Lennon when Tottenham made a bid one year later.

The 35-year-old was at his best during his time with Spurs. He made 364 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions, scoring 30 times and contributing a hugely impressive 79 assists.

Remarkably, he managed five assists in nine appearances in the Champions League. And Lennon made all 21 of his England appearances while at White Hart Lane.

He went on to play for Everton. And he had a spell in Turkey in between his two stints at Turf Moor.

It is a shame that Leeds were not able to get themselves back in the top-flight at a time when Lennon was at something like the peak of his powers.

Lennon has hinted that he wants to stay involved with football in some capacity. So perhaps there is a chance that he could be associated with Leeds again at some stage in the future.

But it is fantastic to see Lennon seemingly doing well and in a good place. And hopefully there is a lot of success to come for the former Leeds man.