Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender has signed a one-year contract extension at the club, keeping him at the Werkself until 30 June 2016.

Spahic: 'Plenty still to achieve'

The 34-year-old's deal was due to run out at the end of the current season, but his impressive displays in the Bundesliga and Champions League this term have helped convince Leverkusen to keep him on the books.

"I'm part of a great team here in Leverkusen," Spahic said. "We've got an ambitious side that can still develop and I believe there is plenty we can still achieve together. I feel very settled in Leverkusen and would like to use my experience to help our young team." The former captain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina national side joined Bayer from FC Anji Makhachkala in July 2013 and has since made 36 Bundesliga appearances, scoring three goals. So far in 2014/15 he has played in nine of Leverkusen's ten league fixtures and was on target in their

4-2 victory

over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 2.

Stabilising presence

"Emir has been and continues to be an absolute pillar of our team," said sporting director Rudi Völler. "He gives the side stability and security. His technical ability, strength in the tackle and composure make him extremely valuable to us. We're delighted to have extended terms with such an important character." Leverkusen announced the news on their official Twitter account on Friday morning: "Good news! Emir Spahic has extended his contract, which was set to expire at the end of the season, until 30 June 2016!"