Sandro Wagner has terminated his contract with Tianjin Teda.
The former German international said that the safety of his family in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic was the main reason behind his decision. “I had a great 18 months in China and am grateful for the experiences I have had,” Wagner told Bild. “But I have a family at home with four children. In the current circumstances, I am afraid to go to China and leave them alone.”
Wagner had been waiting in Germany for the Chinese Super League to start, after it was pushed back due to the pandemic. However, now that his contract is no more, it seems like he will be staying in Germany for the time being.
At the age of 32, Wagner is entering the twilight years of his career. It remains to be seen where his next destination will be. A return to the Bundesliga is definitely possible. That said, Bild also claims that Wagner may consider ending his playing career altogether.
Should he do so and start a coaching career, there is a chance that Wagner might come back to familiar territory. The Munich native apparently has an agreement with Bayern Munich to start working as a youth coach once his playing days are over. Indeed, Wagner has said in the past that he can well imagine working in Munich later on and has not hesitated to emphasize his love for the club on multiple occasions.
Wagner’s most recent stint as a Bayern player saw him score 10 goals in 30 appearances, which is not a bad turnout considering his limited minutes as Robert Lewandowski’s backup. His reliability, his passion, and his unique character made him a fan favorite even though he did not play as much as everyone else. If he comes back to Munich, it’s pretty safe to assume that he will receive a warm welcome.
Good luck wherever you end up, Sandro, and we hope to see you again at Bayern one day!