Although he still feels fit for the Bundesliga and has several offers, he wanted to resign because of his family, Höwedes told "Spiegel". While on vacation recently, he noticed “how intense it was to see my son up close. Football suddenly became so unimportant for me. "
Höwedes had already terminated his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow a few weeks ago. When he said goodbye to Schalke three years ago, he felt he had been booted from the club and initially moved to Juventus Turin. “I knew the business was tough. But I had always only got to know the sunny side. Then I got the full broadside. "