Borussia Dortmund and Marcel Schmelzer have agreed to new terms. The 28-year-old left-back has renewed his papers until the 30th of June 2021.
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“I’m looking forward to be a part of this incorruptible team and this unique club in the future. Borussia Dortmund is and will stay my sporting home, while the region is the place where my family and I have felt at home for years now.” Marcel Schmelzer is quoted on the club’s official website.
Schmelzer joined the club from 1. FC Magdeburg as a 17-year-old in 2005 and went from the under 19 team through the U23 to reach the senior squad, which he’s been a part of since 2008.
Club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke underlined the importance of the renewal: “Marcel Schmelzer is not only one of the best left-backs in Europe, but also a wonderful human being, who shows just as much affection and respect to BVB as we do for him.”
“Marcel Schmelzer is a player who we developed in our own youth ranks. He is a true Borusse, fully identifies with the club, is highly valued on the field and made another step forward this season. We are happy to go on into the future together with Marcel.” Sporting director Michael Zorc said, stressing the significance of Dortmund’s left-back.
Many will remember the 16th of August 2008 when Jürgen Klopp brought him on for the injured Leonardo Dede against Bayer Leverkusen. Not many thought that the youngster would take the spot of Dortmund legend Dede and remain an essential part of a team that would win consecutive Bundesliga titles, including the double in 2012, and reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2013.
Schmelzer is known for his great ambition and will to win on the pitch and has developed into a true leader for his team. He might not wear the armband often, but within the team he is one the most respected players. Borussia Dortmund are blessed to have “Schmelle” on their (left) side for years to come.