The announcement of his retirement by Wesley Sneijder has come as “a complete surprise” to his agent, Guido Albers. According to the representative of the former Inter Milan star, Sneijder could yet continue playing for at least the next few years.
Announcing his retirement on Monday, Sneijder had told Utrecht’s official TV channel: “I have a lot of love for this city. Now that I’ve quit playing, I want a nice place to share my experiences.”
Sneijder, who holds the all-time appearance record for Netherlands, has been without a club since his contract with Al-Gharafa expired last month but Albers admitted he was totally surprised by the announcement and says a final decision will not be made until they meet to discuss plans in the coming days.
“It was a complete surprise for us that he announced it this way,” he said in a chat with FOX Sports.
“I had planned a meeting with him next Thursday to discuss the options he still has and then we were going to decide how to announce this to the public. So, next Thursday we can decide if this decision is certain.
“He has some things to do in Doha, where he still lives and there are still a few clubs who probably want to sign him, so I’d like to tell him about that.
“He just came back from America. We will discuss it on Thursday and then he can decide what to do. Normally you consult each other about these things, but I think he just announced it in all his enthusiasm today.”
Sneijder won titles at Inter Milan, Ajax, Real Madrid and Galatasaray throughout his playing career and was capped by the Netherlands 134 times between 2003-2018, being notably part of World Cup finalist squad at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.