Mönchengladbach - Following in the footsteps of fellow defenders Martin Stranzl and Filip Daems, Borussia Mönchengladbach's Tony Jantschke has put pen to paper on a contract extension that will see the 23-year-old remain at the club until June 2018.

The natural right-back’s previous deal was due to expire in 2015, but being an important building block for head coach Lucien Favre’s backline, the club have moved to secure his services long-term.

Nine years and counting

“Tony is an integral part and a mainstay of our squad, both as a player and a person,” explained the Foals’ sporting director Max Eberl. “He’s been at Borussia for close to nine years now and has made the leap from youth prospect to the senior squad, emerging as a first-team regular in the process. We’re delighted to be able tie him down to a long-term extension.”

Jantschke, who made his Bundesliga debut for Gladbach at the age of 18, has made 120 appearances and scored three times in Germany’s top flight, most recently operating as a make-shift centre-back in the current campaign due to the injuries suffered by both Stranzl and Alvaro Dominguez.