Ricardo Rodriguez pens new Wolfsburg contract until 2019

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Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool have all been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Ricardo Rodriguez after the defender signed a contract extension with current club Wolfsburg.

The Express reports that the Switzerland international has committed his long-term future to the high-flying Bundesliga outfit until 2019 after the club decided to reward the player for his fine form at the Volkswagen Arena.

Rodriguez joined Wolfsburg in the summer of 2012 and has gone on to establish himself as a mainstay in Dieter Hecking's side, also attracting admiring glances from the Premier League.

His impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil last summer fuelled speculation that the 22-year-old could swap Germany for England in 2014/15, but Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers were wasting their time tracking the talented full-back after he penned a renewal with Wolfsburg this month.

"Ricardo Rodriguez has developed really well and his contract extension is an important step since he is a very important member of our team," explained the club's director of sport Klaus Allofs.

"We're delighted that we have been able to convince him to carry on along the road we are going and we hope that it will continue as successfully as it has been so far."

Wolfsburg are currently sat in second place in the Bundesliga table, 11 points behind runaway leaders Bayern Munich but with a six-point advantage over closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen in third spot.

There is a genuine belief in Lower Saxony that the club can qualify for the Champions League this season, and keeping hold of their best players will make Hecking's job that little bit easier heading into 2015.

The prospect of playing in Europe's elite club competition with his current employers must surely have come into Rodriguez's thinking when deciding to snub his other suitors, with doubts surrounding the future participation of Arsenal and Liverpool in the tournament next term.

Champions League ambition

A move to Old Trafford would've likely secured European involvement with the Red Devils on course to finish in the Premier League top-four, and with Chelsea a shoe-in to finish in the top two in May it's surprising that Stamford Bridge didn't come under more serious consideration.

However, given the competition for places in west London, regular first-team action would not be guaranteed, so on that basis Rodriguez was probably better off signing a new deal with Wolfsburg.

"I've been here for three years and I've settled in well and made many friends here," he said. "The team is great and it didn't take me long to agree."

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