Former West Ham, Aston Villa and Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has announced he is gay. The 31-year-old, who ended his playing career in September due to persistent injuries, told Germany's Die Zeit newspaper that now was "a good time" for him to reveal his true sexuality.
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