Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus and the club have ended weeks of speculation with the announcement the 33-year-old has signed a new deal with the club till the end of next season.
Reus had been out of contract at the end of this current season and speculation had begun to suggest his time with the Schwarzgelben was coming to an end. This news will be an added bonus as BVB strive to finish the season as Bundesliga champions.
Sporting director Sebastian Kehl was understandably delighted to have secured the services of the club idol for an extended period. “I’m very happy that Marco has signed and will continue his special story at BVB for another year. We did not allow ourselves to be distracted by day-to-day discussions at any point and we always conducted our talks together in a positive, trusting and targeted manner.
“As a player and a role model, Marco is enormously important for this club – among our fans in the South Stand and in this city, but also beyond the borders of Dortmund and to BVB fans all over the world, too.
“As a long-time BVB player and a Dortmund native, he will not only continue to play an active role in enjoying success on the pitch, but will also use all his experience to advance the development of the younger generation within our squad.”
Reus was also keen to stress his happiness with the new contract. “As a team, we – just like all of our fans –have a big goal on our minds right now which our full focus is on: we want to become German champions; to do that, we’ll need every single Borusse. But beyond that, I still really want to do my best for the club I’ve spent over half my life with.
“There’s still nothing better for me than scoring goals in front of the best fans in the world in the most beautiful stadium in the world and celebrating victories together. That’s why I’m happy I’ve extended my contract for another year, because I’ve always said there’s no other club I’d prefer to play for over BVB in my career.”
Reus is currently the second highest goalscorer in the clubs history with 161 and is only 16 behind the all-time record held by Adi Preißler. He will now be looking to write himself even further into BVB folklore by taking that record as well as lifting the Meisterschale at the end of the season.