German club Werder Bremen's captain Clemens Fritz has announced that he will retire after the end of the football season.
"In the past few days and weeks, I have been thinking about my personal future. And, after careful consideration, I came to the conclusion that I will retire after this season," Fritz said in an open letter via the club's official homepage on Thursday.
The 35-year-old defensive midfielder wears the jersey of the "Green-Whites" since 2006. Since his arrival, he provided overall four goals and 22 assists in 256 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen. Fritz, scored in addition two goals in 22 international caps for Germany, reports Xinhua.
"It was always my desire to determine the end of my career by myself. I want the fans to remember me as a player who always threw in everything for this wonderful club," he said.
Fritz started his professional career in 1998 at VfB Leipzig before joining Rot-Weiss Erfurt, Karlsruhe SC, Bayer Leverkusen and finally Bremen. He scored six goals overall in 299 Bundesliga games and seven goals in 61 second division games.
Bremen was the most successful spell for the defensive midfielder, who lifted the German Cup and reached the UEFA Cup final in 2009, as well as the German Cup final in 2010.
The "Werderaner" sit currently on a relegation play-off spot with only 15 points from 17 matches. Bremen face sixth-placed Schalke on January 24.Published 15 Jan 2016, 14:24 IST