Sebastian Rode unlikely to continue playing after 2024

Speaking to BildEintracht Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode has announced he will likely end his career at the end of his current contract which expires in the summer of 2024. 

When asked if he could continue his career past 2024 Rode said: “I would have to fall into a fountain of youth (laughs). No, I’m currently assuming that that will probably be the end of it.” When asked to expand on how his future may look, Rode added: “I’m still in the discovery phase. First of all, I want to get away from football and just live my day. Because even the holiday is characterised by running units and making sure that you don’t gain weight. I’m just looking forward to enjoying my free time with the kids. And then we’ll see, there’s still a lot of time until then.” 

Rode has not ruled out another job at Frankfurt and revealed that he has already spoke to Frankfurt’s sporting director Markus Krösche about it: “Markus asked me briefly whether I could imagine doing something at Eintracht. But apart from a ‘yes’, nothing concrete was discussed. There’s still some time.”

Rode has spent two spells at Frankfurt, his first was between 2010 and 2014 where he played 108 games before joining Bayern Munich on a free transfer in 2014. He would then leave after two years to join Borussia Dortmund where he would again spend two years before re-joining Frankfurt in 2018 initially on loan. 

Frankfurt currently sit fourth in league and are in the round of 16 of the Champions League where they face Napoli. They are currently preparing for the second half of the season in Abu Dhabi for their winter training camp. 

GGFN | Jack Meenan 

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