Wolfsburg - Second-placed VfL Wolfsburg have agreed a contract extension with defender Ricardo Rodriguez keeping him at the club until 2019.
The Swiss international has set himself apart as one of world football's foremost left backs since moving to Germany in January 2012 having established himself as a first-team regular for both Wolfsburg and Switzerland.
"I'm happy that the contract has been signed and I'm enjoying being at VfL," said the 23-year-old. "I've been here for three years, I know everyone here and I really feel at home." With eight goals and 16 assists in the 87 Bundesliga appearances he has made to date, the left-footed set-piece specialist is considered one of the most dangerous defenders in Germany's top flight. He has also played an integral role in shoring up the Wolves' back line, with Dieter Hecking's side establishing themselves in the race for the UEFA Champions League places this season and reaching the
'An important sign'
"He knows the club and he knows our ambitions, so in that sense it was an easy decision to make," said sporting director Klaus Allofs, while Hecking delighted in having such an important first-team player commit his future to the club. "This is an important sign, not just for us but to other clubs," said the 50-year-old tactician. "It would have been a shame to lose an important member of the team when we still have a long way to go in our aims for the club. Sometimes you can't stop that but in Ricardo's case, I think we made a good case to convince him that this is still the place for him to be."