Coming out: Former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger announces he is gay

Posted by - January 8, 2014 - All News, Aston Villa, Everton, Germany, West Ham

Thomas Hitzlsperger has revealed that he is gay in a magazine interview.

The ex-Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton midfielder, aged 31, has spoken out about his sexuality in an interview with German publication Die Zeit (The Time).

He said it was a “long and difficult process… Only in recent years has it dawned on me that I would prefer to live with another man”.

Hitzlsperger, know as Der Hammer due to his powerful long-range shot, played seven times for the Toffees under David Moyes last season, but hung up his boots in September 2013 due to a knee injury.

That makes him the second footballer to come out shortly after retiring in recent times following a similar decision by former Leeds man Robbie Brady last year.

The former Germany international becomes the first openly homosexual footballer to have played in the Premier League.

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