Dortmund's Schmelzer signs new contract

Germany left-back Marcel Schmelzer has signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund until the summer of 2021.

"Dortmund through and through"

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The 28-year-old has been in fine form this season, making 23 Bundesliga appearances and providing two assists to with a 20-point lead over third-placed Hertha Berlin with three games of the campaign remaining.

“This is a team full of character and this club is totally unique. I’m delighted to be able to be a part of things in the future here,” said the Magdeburg native to bvb.de. “My family and I have felt at home here for years. Dortmund is my sporting home and always will be.”

Sporting director Michael Zorc added: “Marcel is a player we’ve developed in our academy, he’s Borussia through and through and he identifies with the club completely. He’s made a huge step forward this season and we value him very highly indeed.”

Schmelzer is one of Die Schwarz-Gelben’s longest-serving players, having made his debut for the club way back in August 2008. He has since appeared in 195 Bundesliga matches, winning two league titles (in 2011 and 2012) and the DFB Cup (2012), as well as helping BVB reach the 2013 UEFA Champions League final.