Schmelzer extends Dortmund stay

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Defender Marcel Schmelzer will remain on the books at Borussia Dortmund until at least June 2021 after he penned a five-year contract extension with the club.

Schmelzer’s previous deal was only due to expire at the end of next season, but the club’s hierarchy moved quickly to ensure they could tie down one their key defensive options for the foreseeable future and possibly ward off any potential suitors in the off-season.

As a professional, the 28-year-old has only ever played for Dortmund and has made more than 250 appearances for BVB since joining the club’s youth academy from Magdeburg in 2005 and he is delighted about the prospect of continuing his career at Signal Iduna Park.

“I am very happy that I will continue to be part of this team and incredible club in the future,” he said. “Borussia Dortmund is and will remain my home. My family and I feel at home at this club.”

The club’s sporting director Michael Zorc was equally pleased to secure the services of such a talented home-grown player.

“Marcel Schmelzer is a player we have developed ourselves,” Zorc added. “He’s a real Borusse, he identifies fully with our club, enjoys playing in big matches and has taken another step forward this season. We are very happy.”