Borussia Mönchengladbach captain Lars Stindl has been rewarded for an excellent campaign by signing a new contract with the club on the same day he earned his first call-up for Germany.

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Gladbach announced on Wednesday that the 28-year-old attacker had extended his previous deal by one year and will now be tied to the Foals until 2021. The news broke shortly before Stindl was included in Germany’s squad for next month’s Confederations Cup in Russia.

“Lars has become an incredibly important player for us – as captain and a dangerous attacking player on the pitch, and as a leading figure in the dressing room,” Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl told the club’s official website.

“He has a central role in our plans for the next few years, so we’re delighted about his contract extension.”

Stindl has enjoyed an impressive second season at Gladbach, scoring 11 times in 29 matches in the Bundesliga. Nine of those goals came as his side climbed back up the table in the second half of the campaign after Dieter Hecking replaced Andre Schubert as manager.

The former Karslruhe and Hannover forward had a run of eight goals in as many matches between the end of January and the start of March, including a hat-trick in a memorable come-from-behind UEFA Europa League last 32 victory over Fiorentina.

Stindl also scored twice in the DFB Cup and in both UEFA Champions League group stage matches against Celtic before Christmas, meaning he has netted 18 times in all competitions this season.

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In total, he has scored 32 goals in 82 matches for Gladbach since joining from Hannover in the summer of 2015.

He follows US international Fabian Johnson and Guinea winger Ibrahima Traore by penning a new deal with Gladbach.

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