Borussia Dortmund have announced that club captain Marco Reus has extended his contract at the club until 2024, with his previous deal set to expire at the end of the season.
On his contract extension, Reus said: “Especially, as a team, just like all our fans, we have a big goal in mind, on which everyone is concentrated: We want to become German champions, for this we need every single Borussian. But even beyond that, I still have a great desire to do my best for the club, where I have already spent more than half my life.
“There is still nothing more beautiful for me than scoring goals in front of the best fans in the world and in the most beautiful stadium in the world and celebrating victories together. That’s why I’m happy that I’ve extended my contract for another year, because I’ve always said that in my career I don’t want to play for any other club than for BVB.”
The 33-year-old will extend his time at his boyhood club to at least 12 years having re-joined Dortmund from Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2012.
Sporting director Sebastian Kehl commented on Reus’ contract extension: “I am very happy that Marco will continue his special history at BVB for another year with this signature. At no time have we been fooled by daily discussions and have always conducted our joint discussions positively, trustingly and purposefully. Marco has an enormous significance for this club as a player and identification figure – with our fans in the ‘South’, in this city, but also beyond the borders of Dortmund to BVB fans all over the world.
“As a long-standing BVB professional and original Dortmunder, he will not only continue to actively participate in celebrating successes on the lawn but also promote the development of the young generation within our squad with all his experience.”
As well as being club captain, Reus is currently second in Borussia Dortmund’s all-time scoring charts and only sits 16 goals behind top scorer Adi Preißler.
This season, Reus has experienced being in and out of the team due to injury. In Dortmund’s past three games, the 33-year-old has come off of the bench. In his 25 appearances this season he has scored eight goals while assisting five.
Dortmund are currently one point clear of Bayern Munich with five games left, meaning if they can continue with the type of performance they showed against Eintracht Frankfurt then Reus will get to lift the Meisterschale for the first time.
GGFN | Jack Meenan