Borussia Dortmund defender, Oliver Kirch, will extend his stay at the Westfalenstadion until 2016 after signing a new contract.
The 31 year old left FC Kaiserslautern in 2012 to join to Klopp’s side. Although he is not a regular starter for the Westphalians, the club director, Michael Zorc, is thrilled that he has chosen to stay on.
“What Oliver Kirch has shown over the past few weeks and months is extraordinary,” he said. “He's a vitalising factor within the team and fits in perfectly at Borussia Dortmund, both in a sporting sense and as a person.”
The German has made eight appearances for the club and his only goal this season came against Bayer Leverkusen in a 2-2 draw. He also featured in the Champions League second leg against Real Madrid where they won 2-0 but unfortunately still lost out, 3-2 on aggregate.
His initial contract was set to run out at the end of June but after being offered a two year extension, Kirch cannot wait to help the team try and challenge for silverware.
"I will do everything I can to be able to celebrate even more success next season." Kirch stated.
“I'd like to thank the club for the faith they've shown in me and the opportunity to be able to measure up to world class players at this level every single day.”
He is a humble character and appears to have a positive effect on the dressing room. His highlight this season came against Real Madrid where he helped the side keep a clean sheet in the home leg as he stifled the threat of Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale.
This move from Dortmund signals that they are paving a way out of the club for the much fancied centre back, Mat Hummels.
The German has been linked with moves to several clubs including Manchester United and Barcelona.The newly appointed boss, Louis van Gaal, has handed the United vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, a wish list of players of whom he wants to bring to the club. The 25 year old heads this list.
Rio Ferdinand is set to leave Old Trafford, following his partner, Nemanja Vidic out the door except he won’t be going to Inter Milan. However, Patrice Evra may join the Serbian there and so the club are in need of an urgent defensive re-shuffle.
The Catalan giants are also chasing the Germany International as they look to find a replacement for Carles Puyol who retired after a 15 year stay at the Nou Camp. With their transfer ban suspended, Barca are back in the hunt for summer signings.
Although it is pleasing that Dortmund have secured Kirch's services for another couple of seasons, questions will be asked by the fans when will they begin talks with their main pairing, Hummels and Sokratis.
If Hummels does decide to go then a lot of work will need to be done to find a suitable replacement who can link up with Sokratis. If not, then Kirch may be given the green light to start next season.
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