Marco Reus has signed a new contract at Borussia Dortmund, ending speculation about his future. The German midfielder posted on his Twitter page on Tuesday lunchtime with a picture of himself signing an extension which will now keep him at the 2012 Bundesliga champions until 2019.
The move will come as a blow to several of the top European clubs who were chasing Reus' signature. According to the Daily Mail, both Arsenal and Real Madrid were prepared to meet the £20m activation clause in his original contract.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz-Rummenigge claimed that the current title holders were also lining up a move for the 25-year-old, who missed out his country's 2014 World Cup win due to injury.
Securing Reus' future is a huge boost for Dortmund as they continue to struggle domestically. Despite a 3-0 win away at Freiburg at the weekend, in which Reus scored, they remain in 16th position and just one point off the foot of the table.
It's in stark contrast to their European form, where they have been particularly impressive and next week face Italian champions Juventus in Turin in the first leg of the last 16 of the Champions League.
With the inconsistency of Mesut Ozil in recent months Reus was earmarked by Arsene Wenger as the new creative key in midfield for the Gunners. Reus refused to open contract talks earlier in the season when it was believed he was courting a move to north London.
Reports earlier in the week also suggested Wenger is also losing patience with Jack Wilshere after he was pictured smoking a shisa pipe on a night out. His injury record is another concern for Wenger but he may now be forced to reassess his options after today's news.