Fabrice Muamba says he is moving forward in a different direction after accepting that his career as a professional footballer is over.
The former Bolton midfielder, 24, suffered a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup game against Tottenham in March this year. He spent a month in London's Chest Hospital before having a pacemaker fitted to ease the pressure on his heart but was forced to retire in August, on doctor's orders.
Although he admits walking away from the game he has played all his life was a wrench he has now come to terms with it and is looking to explore new opportunities.
"I've already adjusted myself to the idea that I'm never going to be able to kick a ball again but life brings different challenges," Muamba told Football Focus.
"When I first came to the country football was the only thing I ever knew. I'm sure I'm not the only professional who won't be playing football for a very long time who has to adjust in their life after football.
"You just have be able to make sure you enjoy the game but you also have to able to accept the fact your time is up and move forward to a different direction.
"I still have a bit of damage on my left ventricle but I'm getting better every single day. The pacemaker now and again kicks in just to make sure the heart rate for me is normal and hopefully it gets better every single day.
"I'm just grateful for all the professional people that have come up against me have supported me. It just shows when football gets together you can produce this sort of response."
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.