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May 8, 2013

Friedrich refutes retirement talk

Former Germany international Arne Friedrich has denied that he is set to retire when his contract with Chicago Fire expires in December.

Initial reports in the German media on Tuesday claimed that Friedrich, 33, had announced his decision to hang up his boots at the end of the year.

"I will definitely not be playing football after that [December]," he told Westfalenblatt. "This will be my last year; there is a time for everything. My body is tired, my bones don't function like they should anymore."

The news was picked up by several media outlets, including the German Football Association's official website, who ran with the headline: 'Arne Friedrich announces plans for retirement'.

However, the defender later stated on his Twitter account that he had been misquoted and no official decision had been taken on his future as of yet.

"I have not announced my retirement to Westfalenblatt," he tweeted. "I have only talked about what could happen this season."

While in a statement on his official website, Friedrich later added that a "misunderstanding" had led to him being misquoted, and that although he could imagine ending his career in 2013, "the decision was not taken yet".

Friedrich, who won 82 caps for Germany, signed for Major League Soccer team Chicago Fire in 2012, where he has gone on to make 24 appearances.

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