Borussia Dortmund have secured the long-term commitment of a huge and internationally-coveted talent. Julian Weigl has extended his contract, which was due to expire in 2019, by a further two years, tying him to the club until 30 June 2021.
„I feel very much at home in Dortmund in a sporting sense as well as in the general surroundings. It was a logical decision for me and I didn’t have to think long about extending my contract,“ said the 21-year-old midfielder, who moved to the eight-time German champions from TSV 1860 Munich in summer 2015.
Weigl underwent a rapid footballing development at BVB. He was in the starting line-up for 25 of his 30 Bundesliga appearances in his debut season, fitting in seamlessly, proving strong in the challenge and misplacing just 8% of his passes – the best ratio at BVB and one of the highest in the entire league. On Matchday 34 against 1. FC Köln, he set a new all-time Bundesliga record with 214 touches of the ball. As a reward for his consistently outstanding performances, Weigl was called up for the German national team, earning him three full international caps and a place in Germany’s EURO 2016 squad in France. So far, Weigl has appeared in 67 of a possible 75 matches for Borussia Dortmund.
„Despite his tender age, Julian is already a personality – and a very nice one at that,“ said BVB sporting director Michael Zorc after the contract signing. „We are delighted that he has decided to stay at the club for the long term.“