Berlin (dpa) – The former national player André Schürrle got support for the transition to a life without professional football after his early retirement in the summer.
“On the one hand, there was a slow transition due to Corona. I haven’t had any training since the beginning of February, and I came to 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 that I never felt a hole. On the contrary – it was a feeling of ‘Uff! Done ! ‘. “
The former Bundesliga professional (in Mainz, Leverkusen, Wolfsburg and Dortmund) surprisingly announced his decision in July and spoke openly of the downside of the business. Now he sees a “new start. I have the feeling that a new life is beginning,” said Schürrle. “I have my fixed structures. This includes getting up an hour before my wife and daughter to have a little time for myself. First I jump into the cold shower to get the body going, then do it I do 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 at Spartak Moscow. “There wasn’t one point or one trigger,” he told BamS. “It was just a strong feeling that I have more important things for myself – my family, a different life.”
An offer from another club would not have changed his decision. If he had had the “slightest doubt”, “I would not have stopped. I’m too grateful to football for that,” he said. “This is over now and I am happy that I no longer have to train or prepare. Every fiber of my body is happy about it.”
Schürrle could possibly return to football as a TV expert. “There were already talks with broadcasters. At some point it will definitely be an option,” he said. “But I have to feel it’s right. Otherwise I won’t do it.”