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Former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle mutually terminated his contract with Dortmund on July 1 and then announced his shock retirement from the game on July 17.
Schurrle established himself as one of the brightest young footballers in Germany during his spell at Mainz and played a couple of seasons at Bayer Leverkusen before joining Chelsea in 2013.
Despite having won many prestigious titles including the World Cup, it’s a surprise that Schurrle is calling it quits at just 29.
Former Bayern Munich and Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has come to the defence of Schurrle as he reveals that the former Chelsea star has faced a lot of criticisms from the media which led to his shock decision.
Kirchhoff insists that Schurrle has his own qualities and that he shouldn’t be compared to Leroy Sane.
In his exclusive column for Goal and SPOX, Kirchhoff said: “I can understand why he has now ended his career. Andre had an incredibly good time from a sporting and finally from a financial point of view, became world champion, English champion, DFB-Pokal winner.
“When you have played at a certain level for so long, you have to ask yourself at some point whether you really still want to attack at another level at the expense of your family. I know these lines of thought only too well.
“Looking back, winning the 2014 World Cup was definitely a sticking point. It is the curse of the good deed. Andre and Mario Gotze are sitting in the same boat. The goal against Argentina has raised expectations that the two will decide each game.
“This resulting pressure, the constant headlines, this eternal ‘again not good enough’ is an incredibly great burden, especially for intelligent, sensitive and self-reflective people. When I read interviews with Andre or Mario, I came to the conclusion more and more that many things went wrong on a media level regarding Andre and Mario, which certainly caused frustration.”
He added: “The claims about Andre were simply wrong. Andre is an outstanding team player who works hard, runs incredibly well, is good at counter-pressing, conquers balls and has a good goal record. It is no coincidence that he was valued by so many coaches and he had been on the national team for so long.
“Andre is not a one-on-one difference-making player like Leroy Sane. If you lump these two types of players together and expect Andre to do what Jadon Sancho does, for example, you will be disappointed. In this respect, Andre’s decision to end his career should also prompt us to think about how such expectations arise and how to deal with people in public.”