This summer will see a number of Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning squad on the lookout for a new club with both Mario Götze and Benedikt Höwedes on the lookout for a new club. Another player searching for a new employer is the provider of the assist for Götze’s winning strike against Argentina- André Schürrle.
Having returned to Borussia Dortmund after his loan spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow ended, the Ruhr club have announced that they are cancelling Schürrle’s contract by mutual consent.
Speaking of his time with the Schwarzgelben the attacker said. “On reflection, it was a period with highs and lows – but also with many valuable experiences both on a sporting and, in particular, on a personal level. I would like to thank those responsible at BVB and wish the club and its special fans all the best for the future.”
Schürrle moved to the Russian Premier League last summer to join Spartak in the capital having spent the previous season on loan at Fulham in England. In Russia he played 13 times, scoring one goal, and provided two assists. BVB signed him back in 2016 from VfL Wolfsburg for €30 million. He played 51 times for Dortmund scoring 8 times and providing 10 assists.
So, where what’s next for the journeyman, who now counts Mainz, Bayer Leverkusen, Chelsea, Wolfsburg, Dortmund, Fulham, and Spartak amongst his ex-teams? Still aged just 29, and with 420 career appearances (110 goals), there are still a few years on the clock and there will be a club somewhere prepared to take a punt on the player especially now that he comes without a transfer fee.
It is hard to imagine a Bundesliga club where he would be attractive- bar perhaps newcomers Arminia Bielefeld or potentially Union Berlin. There has been talk of a potential move to Italy with Benevento cited as a possible destination, but he would have to take a substantial wage cut to be affordable to the Serie A side. Crossing the Atlantic to see out his career in MLS cannot be ruled out as he seems a prime candidate for a US club to take a gamble on.
Having achieved so much, so young, and then suffered a number of injuries, Schürrle (like Mario Götze) has become a bit of an enigma in recent years- a big name, a World Cup winner, but an under-achiever living off the back of past glories.