After engaging in frank and open discussions with coach Ewald Lienen, Oliver Neuville has decided to leave Arminia Bielefeld with immediate effect, ending his career rather than looking for a new club. The 37-year-old had been unhappy with his situation at the 2. Bundesliga club, and confronted Lienen to assess his future.
"The conversation with Oliver Neuville was very open and honest; he was both critical and self-critical," Lienen said, according to SPOX. "Oliver has enjoyed an outstanding football career, the decision was best for both sides."
The 69-times capped Germany international later confirmed that he will not pursue a new professional contract as a player.
"It's definitely over. I've been thinking about it for a long while already but this isn't how I hoped it would happen. I hoped to play for longer."
Neuville's contract was set to expire in June 2011. The former Gladbach star represented Germany at the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and was a substitute at Euro 2008.