Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes recently spoke to the website of his former club PSV, in an interview that saw him discuss potentially extending his career by another year.
Prior to signing a one-year contract extension in June 2019, Gomes had considered calling an end to his career last season. As reported by the BBC following the announcement of his contract extension last summer, the former Brazil international was expected to have been hanging up his gloves at the end of the 2018/19 season, after claiming that he was “99% sure” he would retire in the summer.
Having seemingly been set to bow out following Watford’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City, Gomes ultimately had a change of heart, as he signed a one-year contract extension in June, keeping him at Vicarage Road for the 2019/20 season.
Speaking recently with the official website of his former club PSV, Gomes claimed that he made his decision to remain a professional footballer when his current club Watford made it clear that they needed him.
He said: ““The club asked if I wanted to help. Watford has always been good to me and made it clear that I was needed. That appreciation is important to me.”
Gomes also didn’t rule out extending his career by yet another season. The 39-year-old goalkeeper was asked by PSV.nl if his career will now conclude at the end of the current campaign, to which the Brazilian responded by stating: “I don’t know, I will decide sometime in the coming months. It also depends on what comes my way. If clubs like Watford or PSV want to call on me, saying no is a lot harder.”
If Gomes is happy in his current role at Watford, despite featuring in a reduced number of games, then it may be understandable why the former Brazil international may decide to extend his career beyond the 2019/20 campaign, despite having previously considered retirement.