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Neuer says he will retire when he’s “no longer needed”

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Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer, believes he still has some years ahead on his career, as he is not thinking to retire right now.

33-year-old goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is not thinking about retiring soon.

The Germany national team and Bayern Munich stopper says the only way he will retire is when “he is no longer needed.”

“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,” he told The Daily Mail.

“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.”

He added: “[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 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.”

“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.”

“These are signs that mean something to me. Namely, how ambitious I am still. [I want to] play as long as my body can do it, I’m having fun and I’m needed,” the German goalkeeper concluded.