Midfielder Sebastian Rudy and TSG Hoffenheim are going their separate ways next season after a total of eleven years together.
As the Bundesliga club announced on Friday, the club and its 33-year-old record field player have agreed not to extend the contract, which expires on June 30th.
“Sebastian is a very deserving player who has presented himself outstandingly both in terms of sport and personality at TSG Hoffenheim over the years,” said sporting director Alexander Rosen talked to him about a possible future at TSG after his playing career.”
Rudy himself was also “open to new things”, he “at least still feels like playing football”. Perhaps there will be “another step,” said the 29-time German international: “I’ve now reached a phase in my career where I want to think carefully about how things could continue for me in terms of football.”
Rudy switched from VfB Stuttgart to TSG in August 2010 at the age of 20. In the past 14 years, despite stints at Bayern Munich and Schalke 04, he has become the record field player for TSG with 295 Bundesliga games. Only goalkeeper and captain Oliver Baumann has made more appearances in a Hoffenheim jersey (296). There were also 23 games in the DFB Cup and seven games in the Europa League for TSG.
In all competitions, Rudy scored 17 goals and prepared 47 goals. He also won the German championship with Bayern in 2018, and in the same year and in 2017 he won the Supercup with Munich.