Andre Schurrle has had his contract cut short at Borussia Dortmund after both parties decided it was best to seek different things after a less-than-productive four years for the 2020 Bundesliga runners-up and have mutually terminated the deal.
Having spent four years with the Bundesliga giants, the 2014 World Cup winner had failed to make the grade and impress at the Signal Iduna Park Stadium; having joined the Black & Yellow Army for a transfer fee believed to be worth around £27.2million in 2016 when he joined from Werder Bremen.
Although it seems as though he has been around for a lifetime, the winger is still only 29-years-old, therefore a big move at the twilight of his career could still be on the offering for him.
However, things will need to go a lot better than they did at BVB, as he struggled to cement a place in the first-team under Lucien Favre, having managed only 51 games and eight goals for Dortmund. Bettors will certainly have better luck when they play M88Casino, that’s for sure.
As the transfer window opened in Germany on Wednesday and closes on October 5, Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke told website Sport1: “It definitely wasn’t a success story for either side.
“For this reason, it was better to cancel the contract prematurely.”
Spells at Spartak Moscow and Fulham played their role in trying to help the former Chelsea attacker find his best form again, however they did not work as planned and Schurrle admitted that things did not go as he would have liked.
“Looking back, it was a time with ups and downs, but also with many valuable experiences,” he said.
His fall from grace has been from an incredible height over the years as he was a key member of the Germany side that would go on to win the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil.
He played a significant role in helping his nation to dismantle the South American hosts in the semi-final of the tournament with a humiliating 7-1 thrashing – a match in which he scored a double – as well as being a World Cup match that will long remain in the memories of football fans all around the world.
Schurrle also played a vital role in the final as well as it was his ball to Mario Goetze, in which the attacker volleyed home, sealed their 1-0 victory against Argentina in extra-time.
Interestingly, Goetze has also since been released by Dortmund as they could come to an agreement on a new contract.
Considering that he has made 57 appearances for Germany, with a tally of 22 goals and is still only 29-years-old, there is a chance that the winger will be a wanted man in the transfer window.
However, he may not get the options he once had in the earlier days of his career, when he was turning out for Chelsea and won himself a Premier League title.
Dortmund were at one stage reportedly keen to offload Schurrle so much that they desperately slashed their asking price for him to fractions of their original desire, but that perhaps proved there just is not the market for him at the moment.