He no longer had the flame, and preferred to say “stop” at only 30, rather than continue to seal in the championship of the Netherlands. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davy Pröpper announced on Tuesday that he was ending his professional football career. The international with three goals in 19 caps, between 2015 and 2019, was released from his contract which was to last until June 2023.
“I find it exceptionally difficult to maintain the discipline necessary for peak performance and to have my life completely dominated by a hectic football schedule,” said Pröpper, quoted in a statement from PSV.
“The corona period and the lack of visits from family and friends didn’t do me any good either,” added Pröpper, referring to his time in Brighton, England, from 2017 to 2021.
Returned to the country last summer
The midfielder returned last June to PSV, where he had already played from 2015 to 2017. He hoped that playing at his former club “would bring back the joy of playing football”. “Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out to be that easy, in part because I don’t feel comfortable in the culture of football,” he said.
“It’s not what I want and that’s why I’m quitting now,” summed up Pröpper, trained at Vitesse Arnhem where he made his Dutch league debut in 2010.