Borussia Dortmund announced on Friday that the contract of goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller has been extended until 2017.
The Black and Yellows’ longest-serving player, with the club since 2002, was previously slated to become a free agent at the end of the current season.
The 35-year-old World Cup winner lost his spot between the sticks to Roman Bürki at the start of the campaign, but is head coach Thomas Tuchel’s first-choice ‘keeper for the UEFA Europa League games.
Weidenfeller took to Facebook to announce the news himself, saying:
I’m very happy to remain a part of the new, positive development of BVB! My longstanding attachment to the club was decisive for my extension. After 14 years, I feel very much at home in Dortmund.
In other news, the Black and Yellows will welcome back two crucial players for their meeting with the Old Lady of German football at the weekend, Hertha BSC. Ilkay Gündogan and Marco Reus are good to go for the game after missing the contest against FC Ingolstadt last week.
Asked about his No. 11 in his press conference on Friday, Tuchel said that he “trained without any complaints all week.”
Marcel Schmelzer, who only made the bench against Ingolstadt, is also set to return to the starting XI in the match against third-placed Hertha. And as Nuri Sahin is making the trip to Berlin, there is hope that the Turkish international will feature in the squad for the first time this season. Tuchel spoke glowingly about Sahin on Friday, saying that “Nuri will play a pivotal role for us.”, but whether he will actually pick up some playing time on Saturday remains to be seen.
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That means that only Sven Bender, who began jogging this week after a somewhat mysterious knee injury.
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