Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber has signed a new contract extension, binding him to the German league leaders until 2017. 

The German centre-back put pent to paper on a three-year extension on his current contract that runs until 2014. 

“It’s always special to be able to sign a new contract, especially with a team like this. I am very happy.” Badstuber said after signing his new deal

Badstuber has been out of action since picking up a cruciate ligament injury in December against reigning champions Borussia Dortmund, keeping him on the sidelines for the rest of the season. But the German star remains upbeat about his recovery.

“This showed great character and that I had the backing of the club," he said.

"I'm optimistic, but I must wait and see how the knee reacts. It looks very, very good. I hope that this continues."

The 23-year-old defender is considered to be among the best centre backs in the country, and has become a regular for the national side, alongside compatriot Mats Hummels, earning 30 caps. 

Badstuber came through the youth academy before making his debut during the 2009-10 season.

Bayern Munich currently top the German Bundesliga by 15 points, with only one defeat all season, as they look on course to secure a record 22nd title. 

After a comprehensive 4-0 win over Shalke on Saturday, they face a trip to Wolfsburg on Friday, before a mouth-watering tie with Arsenal in the Champions League. 


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