Marco Reus, the 25-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a new deal with Borussia Dortmund, which would keep him there till 2019. There was a lot of speculation about the future of Reus until he penned a new deal worth 6 million pounds plus 1.5 million per year which is to be spent on image rights and thus a total of 145,000 pounds a week.
The 2012-13 Champions League finalists have struggled a lot this season. They are currently 14th on the Bundesliga table with 14 matches to go. Klopp’s men can still turn around the season and end it on a positive note. The only way in which they could book a Champions League berth for next season is by winning this version. Dortmund topped their group in the group stages, followed by Arsenal. In the first leg of the round of 16 on Tueday, they’ll face the Italian champions, Juventus in Turin. If he stays injury free, Reus can certainly play a big role in getting his team achieve their goals this season.
Carlos Ancelotti’s Real Madrid and Wenger’s Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing the former Monchengladbach player. It was believed that his release clause of £20million could soon be activated as the club is in a state of turmoil. But the Germany International has shown his loyalty and love for his hometown club by signing a contract extension. Since making a move from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012, Reus has netted a total of 34 goals in 72 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund.
After sealing the deal, Reus tweeted on Twitter: “Hey Folks. I am delighted to inform you that I have prolonged my contract until 2019. Marco!”
On his Facebook wall, he wrote: “I am very much looking forward to the future at BVB with our outstanding fans backing us. My heart has decided. Let’s get it started. We want to achieve a lot of things. Not only this season.”
In an interview with Ruhr Nachrichten, he said, “When I signed for Dortmund, I said that I want to achieve great things with the club. I have the feeling that it’s not over yet, especially given our difficult situation right now.”
“I stand by my words. You win and you lose together. It’s also a decision for life. That’s why it took me so long to decide.”
He made his international debut against Malta in 2010. He along with Gotze and Muller are the future stars of the German National Team. Dortmund’s managing director Michael Zorc claimed that Reus can fit in any world class team and his decision to stay shows how much he loves Borussia Dortmund. Another important person at the club, the club chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said that Reus is capable of becoming a club legend like Uwe Seeler of Hamburg and Gerrard of Liverpool.
Bayern Munich were also interested in signing the star midfielder, but they lost their interest as the Dortmund ace suffered from so many injuries. After suffering back to back injuries, before and after the World Cup, Reus is being labeled as injury prone.