Former Dutch midfielder Davy Propper quits football

File photo of Davy Proper.

Former Dutch international and PSV Eindhoven midfielder Davy Propper announced his retirement from professional football on Tuesday, citing a lack of motivation and isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic. PSV said the 30-year-old Propper, who scored three goals in 19 appearances for Orange 11, has been released from his contract with the southern Dutch club, which will run until mid-2023.

“I find it very difficult to maintain the discipline required for optimum performance and to completely dominate my life on a frenetic football schedule,” Propper said in a statement released by PSV.

“The corona period and the lack of visits from family and friends didn’t do me any good,” Propper said, referring to his time with English Premier League side Brighton from 2017 to mid-last year.

He returned to PSV in June, saying he hoped playing at his former club would “bring back the joy of playing football.”


“Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out that easy, partly because I don’t feel comfortable in football culture.”

“I don’t want that anymore and so I’m done with it now,” Propper said.

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