RB Leipzig have extended the contract of their captain Willi Orban by three years until 2022.

The 24-year-old, who joined the Red Bulls in 2015 and became their captain in the summer, is set to make his 71st appearance for the club when they travel to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening (kick-off 18:30CEST/16:30GMT).

"I'm very happy that we've been able to agree on a new contract already," said Orban. "The move from Kaiserslautern to Leipzig in 2015 was a great one for me. [Sporting director] Ralf Rangnick outlined my prospects back then, convincing me of something which has now become reality."

"I've had two incredibly good years with the Red Bulls and I am now looking forward to many more exciting seasons. We've already achieved a lot, but there's lots more to come yet and I'm really proud to remain part of this team and this club."

The central defender was one of the lynchpins of the side that finished runners-up to Bayern Munich in only their first ever season in the Bundesliga last term. They are now representing Germany in the UEFA Champions League, with Orban a figure of stability at the heart of their defence.

Orban (r.) has been part of Leipzig's most successful ever two years, and counting... © gettyimages

"When Orban joined us in the summer of 2015, he was one of the most exciting players in Bundesliga 2," said Rangnick. "We could see a lot of potential in him, and that has been proven since he's become a top defender in the Bundesliga.

"Willi assumed responsibility from the very beginning and, with his consistent performances, he was decisive in earning us promotion and contributing to our qualification for the Champions League. Willi's a lead figure, as our captain, and he's one of the faces of our club.

"That makes us all the more delighted that he's signed a long-term extension and we can continue along our path together with Willi in the years to come."

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