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Roman Weidenfeller hoping for new Borussia Dortmund contract

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Roman Weidenfeller is keen to stay at Borussia Dortmund but to make his future certified he is awaiting a contract extension from his club which hasn't been offered.

The German goalkeeper who has forever been in the shadow of his fellow countryman, Manuel Neuer, has had a successful career nonetheless with Jurgen Klopp and he is keen to finish his career at the Westfalenstadion.

No retirement talk

Although the keeper is now 34 with his current deal running out in 2016, Weidenfeller insists he is not thinking about retiring in two years’ time.

According to Sky Sports, he told Kicker: “We are likely to discuss my future in a year or so.

"I am surely not going to retire in 2016, that’s a fact."

“I am surely not going to retire in 2016, that’s a fact. I am planning to go on playing for many years.

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"This club is in my heart. I am unable to imagine playing for another club in my career."

“I have been with Borussia Dortmund for more than 12 years now. This club is in my heart. I am unable to imagine playing for another club in my career.”

During his incredible tenure at the club, Weidenfeller has made 311 appearances as well as four for his country.

Weidenfeller has also won two Bundesliga titles consecutively in 2011 and 2012 and he was also part of the team that reached the Champions League final in 2013 where they played the first all-German final but unfortunately lost to their rivals, Bayern Munich, 2-1.

Poor start for Dortmund

It has been a terrible start to the new season for Weidenfeller and Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

After eight games, Dortmund are 15th in the table with five defeats and just two wins. They are already 13 points behind the leaders, Bayern as it seems the race for the title is already over.

Despite this they have enjoyed success in other competitions. In the Champions League, Dortmund are top of their group with three wins from three and zero goals conceded. They have already conquered away trips to Belgium against Anderlecht and most recently Galatasaray in Turkey where they won 4-0.

Before the league season commenced, Klopp’s side came out on top in the German Super Cup as they beat their rivals Munich, 2-0 – ironically Munich’s last defeat, back in mid-August.

Goalkeeping options

It is hard to believe that Dortmund will release the services of their veteran keeper in the near future but if Klopp was looking for an alternative then he could look to Old Trafford.

It has been reported that Victor Valdes is training with Manchester United as he tries to recover from a knee injury which he suffered at the end of his final season with Barcelona.

The 32 year-old is looking for a new club and is on the market as a free agent. Although he has strong links with both the Red Devils and Liverpool, Klopp could persuade the Spaniard to come to the Bundesliga to face off against his former coach, Pep Guardiola.

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