SV Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has delayed his plans to retire from the game in light of the club's plight this term.
The 35-year-old had announced in January he would be hanging up his boots come the end of the 2015/16 season, but confirmed the U-turn on his retirement plans on Thursday evening and is expected to sign a contract extension on Friday morning.
"I can't leave the club after a season like this," he told his club’s official website. "When this season's over I want to keep going in order to improve things. Either I want to help to show we're a team and can achieve a much better league position, or in the worst-case scenario I'd stay on board and give everything to get Bremen back into the Bundesliga. Regardless of what happens in our final matches, I won't retire like this."
Fritz joined the club from Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2006 and has since made 267 Bundesliga appearances for the Green-Whites. This season he has played in 26 league games, scoring once.