Munich - Kyriakos Papadopoulos has extended his contract with Schalke 04 by a year until 2016, the Revier club announced on Thursday.

After reaching a verbal agreement several weeks ago, Schalke and Kyriakos put a signature on paper today to confirm that the Greek defender will continue wearing the Royal Blues' colours until 2016.


Despite being tempted by a lucrative offer from Russia in the summer, the 20-year-old defender pledged his future to Schalke just before the closure of the transfer window at the end of August. He emphasised his commitment in the form of a goal in the 3-1 win over Augsburg, but now he has formally demonstrated it by putting pen to paper on a new deal.

Papadopoulos arrived in Gelsenkirchen from Olympiacos in the summer of 2010, helping his new club to a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League in his first year. He also won his first piece of silverware at the end of his first seeason at the club and soon became a first-team regular. Papadopoulos was also part of the Greece side which was beaten by Germany in EURO 2012, and he said that he "feels very happy with Schalke and am delighted to be able to play for this club even longer."