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Former Germany keeper Adler to leave Hamburg after five years
May 22, 2017 / 10:25 AM / 6 months ago

Former Germany keeper Adler to leave Hamburg after five years

BERLIN (Reuters) - Former Germany international Rene Adler said on Monday he would leave Hamburg SV at the end of June after deciding not to extend his contract past this season.

Football Soccer - HSV Hamburg v Borussia Moenchengladbach - German Cup (DFB Pokal) - Volkspark Stadium Hamburg, Germany - 1/3/17 - HSV Hamburg's goal keeper Rene Adler reacts while his fellow team mates argue with referee Marco Fritz during their match against Borussia Moenchengladbach. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer/Files

The goalkeeper, who had joined from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, had a rollercoaster five seasons at Hamburg, playing two relegation playoffs and avoiding a third one this season on the final matchday.

“I just informed the Hamburg officials that I will not be extending my contract past June 30,” Adler said on his Facebook page. “It is solely my decision. I have no plan B and there have been no discussions with other clubs. I do not know yet where I will be after the summer break.”

The 32-year-old earned 12 caps for Germany between 2008 and 2013 and he had been the first-choice keeper for the 2010 world Cup ahead of Manuel Neuer.

But a rib injury forced him to miss the tournament and he gradually dropped out of international contention.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Mark Heinrich

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