Germany and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed he will retire from football when he ‘no longer feels needed’.
Nuer who insists that the motivation to play at the top level still remains stringer is still the first choice keeper for club and country despite struggling with injuries in recent years.
The 33-year-old while on international duty said: “When you are no longer needed and you feel it, it is difficult to get up and motivate each day.
“When your experience is needed and your players need you that drives you on. I have the feeling that I am very much needed here in the national team and that everyone is happy that I’m here.”
My Love for this Sport
“My longevity is a result of my love for this sport,” the goalkeeper added. “It excites me a lot when I’m on the pitch training or playing.
“It’s a great fulfillment for me. I’m 33 years old but when I’m on the pitch I always feel that I can improve on my goalkeeping.”
Neuer will be 35 when his Bayern contract expires in 2021.