Manuel Neuer who had a dismal performance against the Netherlands says he will retire only when he feels is no longer needed as he still intends winning for a couple more years.
The 33 year old who has been struggling with injuries at the sidelines said he would only retired when he is no longer needed by Germany and current club, Bayern Munich.
The German goalkeeper still remains first choice for both club and country.
Manuel Neuer who has been giving the nod over Marc Andre Ter Stegen in the German National Team has had 89 caps for the European nation and over 340 appearances for Bundesliga giants, Bayern Munich, which he joined as far back as 2011.
He insists he still has a major part to play for both club and country and is still enjoying playing for both sides.
The former Schlake goalie in an interview with Welt am Sonntag 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. It’s clear that I have to show it in my performance.
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He emphasizes that why he still remains in the sport is because of his love for it. He maintained that though he was 33, he was always looking to improve on his game.
The German goalie in the face of recent criticisms said he was displeased with things that didn’t work like it used to some nine or ten years ago but remains happy about the things that did work out.
“[My longevity] is a result of my love for this sport. It excites me a lot when I’m on the pitch training or playing. It’s a great fulfilment for me. I’m 33 years old bu when I’m on the pitch I always feel that I can improve on my goalkeeping.
“I’m still as annoyed with things that don’t work out as they did nine or 10 years ago and I’m still happy about things that work out.” he said in addition.