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 the beginning of February and I 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 (in Mainz, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Dortmund) surprisingly announced his decision in July, speaking openly about the dark side of the company. Now he sees a “fresh start. I have the feeling that a new life is starting,” said Schürrle. “I have my regular 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 my body going, then I do training or meditation, the little one is already awake – then action is the order of the day.
Most recently the template supplier for Mario Götze’s winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final in Spartak Moscow. “There was not one point or one trigger,” he told BamS. “It was just a strong feeling that I am giving more important things to myself – family, a different life.”
A bid from another club would not have changed his decision. If he had “the slightest doubt”, “I wouldn’t have stopped. I’m too grateful to football for that,” he said. “This is over now and I’m glad I don’t have to train or prepare anymore. Every fiber in my body is happy with it.”
Schürrle may be able to 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. ‘