Former Germany midfielder Sami Khedira is retiring from football at the end of the season after another year of injury.
“It’s a very difficult step, but it’s the only right one. Fifteen years of professional football have left their mark, “Khedira said in a media call organized by his club Hertha Berlin on Wednesday. I can no longer do what I want from myself.
The 34-year-old Khedira joined Hertha from Italian giants Juventus on the last day of the transfer window in January, but only managed to make eight appearances for the club out of a possible 14 in their battle against relegation to the Bundesliga and none for the full 90 minutes.
“It was a gradual process,” Khedira said of his decision. “I have a request for myself, I don’t want to push it to the last. I have a responsibility to my body. In the end, my feeling is resolved. “
Khedira said he would like to play in front of fans, especially with his younger brother Rani Khedira, who will join Union City Berlin rival next season, but “the decision feels right in the end.”
Khedira made 77 appearances for Germany, helping her win the World Cup in 2014. His career took off in Stuttgart, which contributed to an unexpected league title in 2007. He joined Real Madrid in 2010 and won the league title. in 2012 and the Champions League in 2014 with the Spanish giant. He won five Italian league titles with Juventus after joining in 2015.
But Khedira barely played in his final year at Juventus. His last competitive appearance for the club was in a cup draw against Milan on June 12, 2020, seven months after his previous participation.
Hertha coach Pal Dardai praised Khedira’s impact off the field.
“He couldn’t help much from a sporting point of view, but taking care of things in the locker room was not only his world-class name. That was a big help, “Dardai said.
Hertha managed to prevent the relegation last weekend. Khedira’s last match will be against Hoffenheim on Saturday – if he plays.