Former Chelsea star, André Schürrle announces shocking retirement at 29

Former Chelsea star, André Schürrle announces shocking retirement at 29

Former Chelsea player, André Schürrle has announced his shocking retirement from football after parting ways with German side, Borussia Dortmund.

André Schürrle has disclosed his desire of ending participation in professional football activities despite still being just 29 years of age.

According to Der Spiegel, the World Cup winner disclosed that he has eventually lost love for the football game and thinks its best he departs from the activities.

While still on loan at Spartak Moscow, Schürrle managed to reach an agreement with Borussia Dortmund to have his contract terminated despite having just one year breath still left in it.

“On reflection, it was a period with highs and lows – but also with many valuable experiences both on a sporting and, in particular, on a personal level. I would like to thank those responsible at BVB and wish the club and its special fans all the best for the future,” the German told BVB website upon his contract termination.

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Schürrle has spent his last season in Russia with Spartak Moscow where he netted just 1 goal in 13 appearances for the Russich side.

Having came through the ranks at Mainz and then his breakthrough at Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea quickly came knocking and successfuly snatched the star for £18m. Months later, he was named a Worldcup winner amid his set up of Miroslav Klose’s historic winner in extra-time in the final with a pinpoint cross.

In 2015, Schürrle returned to Germany after scoring 14 goals in 65 games for the Blues. After spending a season with Wolfsburg, the German made the switch to Borussia Dortmund where he struggled to keep his head above the water after been loaned to Fulham before the English side were relegated.

Below is an offical statement from Schürrle regarding his retirement.

“The decision matured over time. The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less,” he said of his decision.

“You always have to play a certain role in order to survive in the business, otherwise you will lose your job and you’ll not get a new one.” he said.

Source: Der Spiegel

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