Berlin (dpa) – Former national player André Schürrle received support for his transition to a life without professional football after his early retirement in the summer.

“On the one hand, there was a slow transition because of Corona. I have had no training since early February and joined the family in Berlin relatively quickly,” said the 29-year-old in an interview with “Bild am Sonntag”. On the other hand, “he worked with someone who helped me build a structure. (…) This structure helped me never feel a hole. On the contrary – it was a feeling of ‘Uff! Done’!” . “

The former Bundesliga pro (based in Mainz, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Dortmund) surprisingly announced his decision in July, speaking openly about the downside of the company. Now he sees a “fresh start. I feel like a new life is starting,” said Schürrle. “I have my set structures. This includes getting up an hour before my wife and daughter to have some time for myself. First I jump in the cold shower to get the body going, then I do it. a workout or meditate. Then the little one is already awake – then action is the order of the day. “

Most recently, the template provider for Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final in Spartak Moscow. “There wasn’t one point or one trigger,” he told BamS. “It was just the strong feeling of giving more important things to myself – family, a different life.”

A bid from another club would not have changed his decision. If he had even had the slightest doubt, “I wouldn’t have quit. I’m too grateful to football for that,” he said. “This is over now and I am glad I no longer have to train or prepare. Every fiber of my body is happy with it.”

Schürrle could potentially return to football as a TV pundit. “There were already talks with broadcasters. At some point it will certainly be an option,” he said. ‘But I have to feel that it is good. Otherwise I won’t. ‘

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