Former Brighton midfielder Davy Propper has retired from football at the age of 30.
Propper released a statement via last club PSV Eindhoven, saying he “doesn’t feel comfortable in the world of football”.
The 30-year-old, who has 19 caps for the Netherlands, left the Seagulls and the Premier League last summer to rejoin PSV Eindhoven after four years at the Amex Stadium.
In a statement he cited the coronavirus pandemic and a “hectic football schedule” for his decision.
“When I was abroad, I gradually lost the love for the game.
“It was difficult for me to observe the discipline needed to perform at my best and have my life ruled by a hectic football schedule.
“And the coronavirus crisis and the lack of visits from relatives and friends haven’t done me any good, either.
“I’m grateful the club (PSV) has made me feel welcome. I had hoped to rediscover the joy in playing football but it was not to be as I don’t feel comfortable in the world of football. I don’t want to be part of it any longer.
“I made the final decision to call time on my playing career before Christmas and it feels like a relief. That’s why I know I’ve made the right choice.”
Davy Pröpper stopt als profvoetballer bij PSV. De 30-jarige middenvelder had nog een contract voor 1,5 jaar bij PSV, maar dat is nu ontbonden.
''Ik heb voor de Kerst de knoop doorgehakt en dat voelt als een opluchting. Hierdoor weet ik dat het de juiste keuze is''
— PSV (@PSV) January 4, 2022
Propper’s PSV contract has been terminated by mutual consent with 18 months left.
The statement adds that the 30-year-old will carefully consider his future in the next eighteen months.
“I will take time to discover what my interests are and what I will take up. Of course I had my fair share of beautiful moments which I will cherish. We will see whether I will miss football but I’m ready to focus on new things. I want to thank my family, relatives and friends for all the support they’ve given me. Now the time has come to invest in them.”
John de Jong, PSV Director of Football, regrets Davy Pröpper’s decision.
“We had obviously hoped Davy would play his part in achieving successes with PSV, but I appreciate his honesty, to himself and to the club. PSV are grateful for what he has done for the club in all those years, and for winning the Eredivisie title with PSV in 2016.”
PSV announced the signing of Joey Veerman hours after the announcement.