Borussia Dortmund announced on Tuesday that Sven Bender has signed a contract extension that will keep the 26-year-old at the club until 2021.
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He said: “I thank Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Thomas Tuchel for their trust in me. We’ve concluded very good talks. I’m extremely happy to be able to continue wearing the Black and Yellow shirt in the future. I’d like for some of my team-mates to follow suit in the coming weeks.”
He, of course, alluded to players such as Marcel Schmelzer, Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gündogan or Henrikh Mkhitaryan, all of whom have contracts expiring in 2017.
Watzke praised his role off the pitch in his remarks, saying: “Sven Bender is a very important integrative figure beyond his undeniable sporting prowess. I’m very happy, personally, that such a strong character decided upon a lasting future at BVB.”
Zorc focused on Bender’s on-field qualities: “Sven pairs uncompromisingness with exemplary fairness in his style of play and has been a valuable cornerstone of our team both sporting-wise and as a person.”
The former Germany international has appeared in 203 competitive matches for the Black and Yellows, winning two Bundesliga titles (2010/11 and 2011/12) and the DFB-Pokal (2011/12).
Playing almost exclusively in defensive midfield since signing for the club in 2009, many thought Bender would have a tough time under head coach Thomas Tuchel, but he’s shown his worth both at his natural position and in the heart of defence. This season, he’s played in 22 games.