An unusual move it may be, but then Reus is not your typical modern player, and neither are Dortmund your average club. bundesliga.com takes a look at the reasons behind the 25-year-old Germany attacker’s decision to stay in the Ruhr district…
Reus (l.) is a local lad, so being close to his roots was a major influence on his decision to pen his latest deal at the Signal Iduna Park. “I was born here, grew up here and played in the youth teams here," he told BVB tv. "I feel at home here. Anyone who knows me knows that the most important thing for me is to feel comfortable and to have my family and friends around me. Sometimes that’s worth more than anything else. Having all that around me helps me play football without any limitations.”
Any visitor to Dortmund will instantly feel the connection between the city and the club, with black and yellow decorating streets, shop windows and flower beds. Indifferent Borussia supporters are a non-existent breed: it is die-hard or nothing, and Reus is certainly one of the former. “I’m really happy to have signed an extension and to continue playing for BVB,” he said, adding: “I'm looking forward to a successful future with our team and our fantastic fans behind us.”
There are surely not many arenas in world football that can match the feeling of running out at Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park. It is the largest stadium in Germany with a capacity of 80,645, but such figures, impressive as they are, do not do it justice. A BVB home game must be experienced first-hand to be believed, and once the choruses sung by the famous ‘Yellow Wall’ - Europe’s biggest standing terrace which houses 24,454 fans alone - get under your skin, it is not easily forgotten.
Dortmund’s domestic form this season may have outwardly masked the fact that the five-time Bundesliga champions are hungry for silverware, and it seems the club are confident this season’s dip is merely an aberration. “I have the feeling that the job isn’t finished here, even if we are going through a difficult spell at the moment,” Reus said. Sporting director Michael Zorc agreed: “I think it [Reus’ contract extension] sends out a clear signal that we want to continue our ambitions here in Dortmund."
By agreeing to stay in Dortmund, Reus has continued a self-perpetuating trend in which the club’s stars convince others to remain by pledging their own future to the 2013 UEFA Champions League finalists. Ilkay Gündogan, Neven Subotic and Erik Durm, to name but a few, have all signed contract extensions recently, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mhkitaryan, Shinji Kagawa and Kevin Kampl are all on long-term deals. As Reus put it: “I’m a big believer in standing and falling together.”
Part coach, part father figure, part psychologist - and everything else in between, Jürgen Klopp has a magnetic personality that resonates with his players. The 47-year-old has a knack for developing and bringing out the best of talented footballers, look no further than Kagawa, Mario Götze and Robert Lewandowski for example, and Reus has continued to improve under his tutelage too. Given Reus’ aforementioned ambitions, he evidently believes he is in the right place to blossom further.