• Clemens Fritz to stay on at Bremen, regardless of whether they are relegated.
  • The club captain had announced in January he would hang up his boots.
  • The veteran midfielder wants to help the club get back on track.

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.