Borussia Dortmund have announced that Julian Brandt has extended his contract at the club signing a two-year extension until 2026.
On his extension, Brandt said: “Every single day after four years, I still have great fun being part of this team, standing on the pitch with these guys and playing football for this highly emotional club with its extraordinary fans.
To be honest, the feeling of being in the right place for me at the right time was always the most important point in my sports life. And that won’t change either. I am looking forward to the next few years in black and yellow and I am sure that together we will have the opportunity to celebrate something great.”
Sporting Director Sebastian Kehl spoke on why Dortmund have decided on an early extension for Brandt: “As already announced in the winter, we are now entering a phase in which we will make and announce personnel decisions step by step. Julian’s signature is a first step in this direction.
“The performance upswing and the winning streak of BVB at the beginning of 2023 were closely linked to Julian Brandt’s name, in January and February the DFL German Football League had successively awarded the midfielder as “Player of the Month”.
Kehl adds: “Julian has developed enormously again last year, has become much more focused in the game against the ball, regularly prepares goals and shines himself as a shooter. His sense of dangerous situations on the lawn, coupled with his technical skills and creativity, make him a valuable part of our squad. Accordingly, he plays a very important role in our plans, and we are happy that he has decided to continue to shape Borussia Dortmund’s sporting future as a leader.”
Brandt had attracted interest from Arsenal and Tottenham but this new contract not only puts an end to those rumours but it also signals how important the 26-year-old will be to Dortmund in the future.
Thea attacking midfielder is experiencing his best season at Dortmund since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2019 for €25m. The 26-year-old has played 35 times scoring nine and assisting five. Brandt’s biggest upturn in form came after the World Cup break but a torn muscle fibre injury in March brought an end to his good run of form.
The 26-year-old went to the World Cup in Qatar but sat on the bench as Germany crashed out at the group stage.
GGFN | Jack Meenan