Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus (C) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) celebrate a goal against Paderborn during the Bundesliga first division soccer match in Paderborn November 22, 2014 (Photo: Reuters)
Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus signed a surprise contract extension with the Bundesliga club until 2019 on Tuesday, ending persistent speculation about a move Spain or England at the end of the season.
Reus, who had an injury-plagued 2014 when he also missed the World Cup which Germany won, looked to be on his way out after Bayern Munich revealed he had a buyout clause in his contract, angering Dortmund.
"We never let ourselves be influenced by all the transfer rumours and we always saw a good chance that this exceptional player could consciously decide in favour of Dortmund," CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said in a statement.
"Marco can mark whole era in Dortmund, just like Uwe Seeler did it in Hamburg or Steven Gerrard did it in Liverpool. The fact that he chose to stay in Dortmund right in the middle of a crisis shows a high level of identification that makes us proud."
Dortmund did not reveal details of the deal but it reportedly does not include a buyout clause.
Dortmund, German champions in 2011 and 2012, are struggling this season, lying in the relegation playoff spot and the news of the deal will further boost their confidence after their first win of the year on Saturday against Freiburg.
The 25-year-old Germany international Reus, who was born and raised in Dortmund, played for Borussia's youth teams for 10 years before returning in 2012 from Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Considered among the fastest and most talented wingers of his generation, Reus has only just come back from an ankle injury suffered late last year.
"Dortmund is my hometown and Borussia my club," Reus said. "I look forward to a successful future with this team and these fans backing me. There's lots to do and I am ready to do my bit."
He has scored 70 goals in 169 Bundesliga matches and has netted seven times in 23 Germany appearances.
Dortmund face Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 this month.
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