Former Chelsea forward and Germany World Cup winner Andre Schurrle retires from professional football

Andre Schurrle has announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 29, highlighting the “depth became deeper and the highlight less and less” in his profession.

The German had cancelled the remainder of his contract with Borussia Dortmund earlier this week, having join the Bundesliga side in 2016.

After 11-years in active football, winning the Premier League title with Chelsea, as well as the German Cup with both Dortmund and Wolfsburg and the 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany, Schurrle has decided to bow out of the game.

Premier League and FIFA World Cup winner Andre Schurrle

In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, the 29-year-old said: “the decision has matured in me for a long time.”

“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.”

Schurrle also took to Instagram saying: “I want to let you know that I am stepping away from playing active/professional football”.

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