Schürrle joined Dortmund from Wolfsburg in 2016 but failed to shine for the club before going out on loans at Fulham and Spartak Moscow. He last played for Dortmund in 2018 and the club mutually agreed to terminate his contract, which was due to expire next year.
Schürrle told Der Spiegel that “only performances on the field count, and injuries and weaknesses cannot exist at any time.”
He says he was often lonely in recent years, especially “when the lows become even lower and there are fewer highs.”
He added that “you always have to play a certain role in the business, otherwise you will lose your job and you won’t get a new one.”
Schürrle scored only once in the Russian league and missed all of Spartak’s games in early 2020 with an ankle injury. He didn’t return for Spartak when the league resumed last month amid the coronavirus pandemic.
More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports