Former Chelsea and 2014 World Cup winner Andre Horst Shurrle announces his retirement from football at the age of 29 acknowledging “depths have become deeper” during his career.
This news has come out after the former Chelsea and Borrusia Dortmund forward nullified the remainder of his contract with the Bundesliga side days ago.
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Shurrle has spent the previous season on loan in Spartak Moscow in Russia having enjoyed a similar spell with Fulham before this. He has decided to bow out of the professional football after 11-year career. During this periodShurrle has won the Premier League at Stamford Bridge, as well as the German Cup with both Dortmund and Wolfsburg and the World Cup in 2014. “The decision has matured in me for a long time.” He said in an interview with Der Spiegel, German newspaper.
“I no longer need the applause. The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less.”
“You always have to play a certain role in order to survive in the business otherwise you will lose your job and will not get a new one. Only performance on the pitch counts.”
Before Shurrle received a Premier League winner’s medal with Chelsea he had spells at Mainz and Bayer 04 Leverkusen. He later moved to Wolfsburg during the January transfer window in 2015 after 18 months at Stamford Bridge.
He also featured in his international’s team famous 7-1 World Cup semi-final win with a brace against hosts Brazil in 2014 before setting up the winner for Mario Gotze in final against Argentina.
“I want to let you know that I’m stepping away from playing professional football,” he posted on Instagram.
“On behalf of myself and my family I want to thank everybody who was a part of these phenomenal years! The support and love you shared with me was unbelievable and more I could have ever asked for!”
“Now I’m ready and open for all the beautiful possibilities that are coming towards me.”