Andre Schurrle has announced his shock decision to retire from football at the age of 29.
The German forward had a year left on his contract with Borussia Dortmund but the two parties agreed to cancel it.
He told German newspaper Der Speigel:
“The depths became deeper and the highlights less and less. Only performance on the field counts, in which vulnerability and weakness must never exist.”
That very much sounds like a player who is constantly expected to perform and has come to the conclusion that the pressure of football has caught up with him.
Schurrle played for Chelsea for two seasons and won a Premier League winners medal in 2015 despite leaving the club part way through the season for German side Wolfsburg.
He also represented the German nation side for seven years between 2010 to 2017. Schurrle was a member of the German side that won the World Cup in 2014. During extra time in the 2014 final he provided the assist for Mario Gotze’s winning goal against Argentina.
The forward started his career at Mainz in 2009 where he made 66 appearances and scored 20 goals in his two seasons at the club.
Bayern Leverkuson were aware of his talent and signed him for £6.5 million in 2011, where he went on to make 65 appearances and hit the net 18 times.
In 2013 he fancied a chance to showcase his talents in the English Premiership when Chelsea secured his services after paying £18 million. He featured 44 times for the London club and scored 11 goals before joining German side Wolfsburg in 2015.
Schurrle had just a single season with Wolfsburg after signing for them for a reported fee of £22 million in 2015, winning the DFL Supercup.
Dortmund signed him in 2016, where his four-year stint was rewarded by 33 appearances.
In between his time at Dortmund, he was sent out on loan to Fulham for one season and also Russian side Spartak Moscow.
Earlier on this month his loan expired and was not extended as he had not made any appearances for Spartak this season due to an injury.
Undoubtedly his finest moment in a fine career came in the 2014 World Cup after helping Germany win the World Cup with three goals in Brazil, including a brace in their famous 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the semi-final.