Dortmund - Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension.
One last hurrah!
Having made 321 appearances in all competitions and winning three Bundesliga titles and the DFB Cup since joining from SC Freiburg in 2001, the midfielder has confirmed that he will call time on his playing career at the end of next season having spent 14 years with the club.
"Borussia Dortmund, this wonderful team, the fans and the city of Dortmund have been my home for many years now," explained the 31-time Germany international. "I've decided to maintain that connection and end my career as a professional footballer in 2015 in the hope that I can enjoy even more unforgettable moments and success with this incredible team. I'm delighted to be spending one final season in the Bundesliga. However, the time for me to start a new chapter of my life is approaching and that makes me just as happy."
Kehl has featured just 13 times in the current Bundesliga campaign, making eight starts, but has nonetheless played a pivotal role in Dortmund's fortunes both on and off the pitch. "Sebastian is a real leader who boasts a wealth of experience and, on top of that, he has served Borussia Dortmund as a valuable role model," said sporting director Michael Zorc. "We're very pleased that he's decided to remain with the club until 2015 and end his incredible career as a BVB player."